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List of notable or famous mathematicians from France, with bios and photos, including the top mathematicians born in France and even some popular mathematicians who immigrated to France. If you're trying to find out the names of famous French mathematicians then this list is the perfect resource for you. These mathematicians are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known mathematician from France is included when available.

List people include Benoit Mandelbrot, Nicolas de Caritat, marquis de Condorcet and many more.

This historic mathematicians from France list can help answer the questions "Who are some French mathematicians of note?" and "Who are the most famous mathematicians from France?" These prominent mathematicians of France may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected French mathematicians.

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René Descartes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Mathematicians from France
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René Descartes was a French philosopher, mathematician and writer who spent most of his life in the Dutch Republic. He has been dubbed the father of modern philosophy, and much subsequent Western philosophy is a response to his writings, which are studied closely to this day. In particular, his ...more

Age: Died at 54 (1596-1650)

Birthplace: Descartes, Indre-et-Loire, France

Profession: Mathematician, Scientist, Writer, Philosopher

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#34 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

#14 on The Best French Authors

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Blaise Pascal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Mathematicians from France
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Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Christian philosopher. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a tax collector in Rouen. Pascal's earliest work was in the natural and applied sciences where he made important contributions to the study of ...more

Age: Died at 39 (1623-1662)

Birthplace: Clermont-Ferrand, France

Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor, Writer, Philosopher

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#6 on The Best Catholic Authors

#42 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

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Benoit Mandelbrot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Mathematicians from France
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Benoit B. Mandelbrot was a Polish-born, French and American mathematician, noted for developing a "theory of roughness" and "self-similarity" in nature and the field of fractal geometry to help prove it, which included coining the word "fractal". He later discovered the Mandelbrot set of intricate, ...more

Age: Died at 86 (1924-2010)

Birthplace: Warsaw, Second Polish Republic

Profession: Mathematician, Professor, Scientist

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Évariste Galois is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Mathematicians from France
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Évariste Galois was a French mathematician born in Bourg-la-Reine. While still in his teens, he was able to determine a necessary and sufficient condition for a polynomial to be solvable by radicals, thereby solving a 350 years-standing problem. His work laid the foundations for Galois theory and ...more

Age: Died at 21 (1811-1832)

Birthplace: Bourg-la-Reine, France

Profession: Mathematician

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