Laurent Schwartz

1915 - 2002

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Laurent-Moïse Schwartz (French: [ʃvaʁts]; 5 March 1915 – 4 July 2002) was a French mathematician. He pioneered the theory of distributions, which gives a well-defined meaning to objects such as the Dirac delta function. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1950 for his work on the theory of distributions. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Laurent Schwartz has received more than 190,616 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia. Laurent Schwartz is the 195th most popular mathematician (down from 184th in 2019), the 1,435th most popular biography from France (down from 1,330th in 2019) and the 42nd most popular Mathematician.

Laurent Schwartz is most famous for his work in differential geometry, specifically his work on the Ricci curvature.

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Among mathematicians, Laurent Schwartz ranks 195 out of 823Before him are Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre, Callippus, Marcel Grossmann, Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus, Jan Łukasiewicz, and Richard von Mises. After him are Édouard Lucas, Georg von Peuerbach, Abu Nasr Mansur, Constantin Carathéodory, Piet Hein, and Lars Ahlfors.

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Among people born in 1915, Laurent Schwartz ranks 49Before him are Mario Del Monaco, Franz Josef Strauss, Rudolf Kirchschläger, Alan Watts, Kaoru Ishikawa, and Terence Young. After him are Peter Medawar, Robert, Archduke of Austria-Este, Modibo Keïta, Mario Monicelli, W. Arthur Lewis, and Rashid Behbudov. Among people deceased in 2002, Laurent Schwartz ranks 43Before him are Max Perutz, Eduardo Chillida, René Thom, Erwin Chargaff, Xi Zhongxun, and Archer Martin. After him are Pim Fortuyn, César Milstein, Hildegard Knef, Lilian, Princess of Réthy, Sigvard Bernadotte, and María Félix.

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Among people born in France, Laurent Schwartz ranks 1,435 out of 6,011Before him are Elisabeth Therese of Lorraine (1711), Marie de Rohan (1600), Valentin Haüy (1745), Marie Anne de Mailly (1717), Victorinus (300), and Jean-Pierre Blanchard (1753). After him are Gabriel Bonnot de Mably (1709), Louis I, Count of Flanders (1304), Victorien Sardou (1831), Jean Clouet (1480), Roger Etchegaray (1922), and Prince Robert, Duke of Chartres (1840).


Among mathematicians born in France, Laurent Schwartz ranks 42Before him are Pierre Bouguer (1698), Jean-Pierre Serre (1926), Camille Jordan (1838), Étienne-Louis Malus (1775), Antoine Augustin Cournot (1801), and Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre (1749). After him are Édouard Lucas (1842), Élie Cartan (1869), Gilles de Roberval (1602), Henri Cartan (1904), Édouard Roche (1820), and Émile Picard (1856).