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René Thom

French mathematician

Died when: 79 years 53 days (949 months)
Star Sign: Virgo


René Thom

René Frédéric Thom (French: [??ne t?m]; 2 September 1923 – 25 October 2002) was a French mathematician, who received the Fields Medal in 1958.

He made his reputation as a topologist, moving on to aspects of what would be called singularity theory; he became world-famous among the wider academic community and the educated general public for one aspect of this latter interest, his work as founder of catastrophe theory (later developed by Erik Christopher Zeeman).

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