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Maurice Fréchet

Maurice FréchetAKA Maurice René Fréchet

Born: 2-Sep-1878
Birthplace: Maligny, France
Died: 4-Jun-1973
Location of death: Paris, France
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France

Gender: Male
Religion: Protestant
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Mathematician

Nationality: France
Executive summary: Fréchet differential

Military service: French Army (1914-16, WWI)

French mathematician Maurice-René Fréchet studied under Jacques-Salomon Hadamard, and laid out the concept of metric space in his doctoral thesis. He also did extensive work on general topology and functional analysis, developed a theory of integration in abstract spaces, defined a polynomial in abstract linear spaces, and determined the Fréchet differential of a functional.

Father: Jacques Fréchet (school master)
Mother: Zoé Fréchet (boarding house operator)
Wife: Suzanne Carrive (m. 3-Sep-1908, four children)

    High School: Lycée Buffon, Paris, France
    University: BS Mathematics, École Normale Supérieure (1903)
    University: DSc Mathematics, University of Bordeaux (1906)
    Teacher: Mathematics, Besançon Lycée, Besançon, France (1907-08)
    Teacher: Mathematics, Nantes Lycée, Nantes, France (1908-10)
    Professor: Mathematics, University of Poitiers (1910-19)
    Professor: Mathematics, University of Strasbourg (1919-29)
    Professor: Mathematics, University of Paris (1929-49)

    French Legion of Honor
    French Academy of Sciences
    International Statistical Institute
    Polish Academy of Sciences Foreign Member
    Royal Society of Edinburgh Foreign Member
    Esperanto speakers
    French Ancestry

Author of books:
L'équation de Fredholm (1912, with H. B. Heywood)
Les espaces abstraits (1928)

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