Jean-Victor Poncelet

1788 - 1867

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Jean-Victor Poncelet (French pronunciation: ​[ʒɑ̃ viktɔʁ pɔ̃slɛ]; 1 July 1788 – 22 December 1867) was a French engineer and mathematician who served most notably as the Commanding General of the École Polytechnique. He is considered a reviver of projective geometry, and his work Traité des propriétés projectives des figures is considered the first definitive text on the subject since Gérard Desargues' work on it in the 17th century. He later wrote an introduction to it: Applications d'analyse et de géométrie.As a mathematician, his most notable work was in projective geometry, although an early collaboration with Charles Julien Brianchon provided a significant contribution to Feuerbach's theorem. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean-Victor Poncelet has received more than 107,908 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Jean-Victor Poncelet is the 99th most popular mathematician (up from 105th in 2019), the 714th most popular biography from France (up from 747th in 2019) and the 22nd most popular Mathematician.

Jean-Victor Poncelet was a French mathematician who is most famous for the development of the theory of projective geometry.

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Among mathematicians, Jean-Victor Poncelet ranks 99 out of 823Before him are Leopold Kronecker, Siméon Denis Poisson, Pierre Louis Maupertuis, Christian Goldbach, Thomas Harriot, and János Bolyai. After him are Gabriel Cramer, Hippocrates of Chios, Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, Lodovico Ferrari, John Couch Adams, and Thābit ibn Qurra.

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Among people born in 1788, Jean-Victor Poncelet ranks 5Before him are Arthur Schopenhauer, Lord Byron, Sarah Baartman, and Augustin-Jean Fresnel. After him are Princess Augusta of Bavaria, Infante Carlos, Count of Molina, Catherine Pavlovna of Russia, Robert Peel, Princess Wilhelmine of Baden, Christian Jürgensen Thomsen, and Archduke Rudolf of Austria. Among people deceased in 1867, Jean-Victor Poncelet ranks 9Before him are Charles Baudelaire, Maximilian I of Mexico, Emperor Kōmei, Théodore Rousseau, Otto of Greece, and Franz Bopp. After him are Sakamoto Ryōma, Maria Theresa of Austria, Maximilian Anton, Hereditary Prince of Thurn and Taxis, Elias Howe, Princess Sophie of Saxony, and Archduchess Mathilda of Austria.

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Among people born in France, Jean-Victor Poncelet ranks 714 out of 6,011Before him are Maurice Chevalier (1888), Pierre Loti (1850), Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque (1902), Alexandre Millerand (1859), François Darlan (1881), and Adelbert von Chamisso (1781). After him are Georges Sorel (1847), Raoul Dufy (1877), Jean Sylvain Bailly (1736), Marin Marais (1656), Jean Giraud (1938), and Robert Doisneau (1912).


Among mathematicians born in France, Jean-Victor Poncelet ranks 22Before him are Johann Heinrich Lambert (1728), Adrien-Marie Legendre (1752), Guillaume de l'Hôpital (1661), Émilie du Châtelet (1706), Siméon Denis Poisson (1781), and Pierre Louis Maupertuis (1698). After him are Girard Desargues (1591), Charles Hermite (1822), Émile Borel (1871), Henri Lebesgue (1875), Alexis Clairaut (1713), and Michel Rolle (1652).