Genius dies at 104

Posted on August 26, 2008. Filed under: Science & Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Russian Academy of Sciences, of which Cartan was a foreign member.

Henri Cartan Photo Courtesy: Russian Academy of Sciences, of which Cartan was a foreign member.

 

Henri Cartan died in Paris on August 13, 2008. He was 104. His death has been confirmed by the American Mathematical Society.

 

 

 

Cartan worked in several areas, but perhaps his most significant contribution  is in the field of homological algebra. Together with Samuel Eilenberg, Cartan wrote the fundamental book on this subject.

In 1930s, Cartan was a founding member of a group of French mathematicians who set out to rigorously write down the foundations of mathematics. The group published papers under pseudonym Nicolas Bourbaki. He said the Bourbaki group was the beginning og mathematical renewal. The group worked to establish the foundations of different areas of mathematics. Their approach was highly influential for decades.

Cartan started a seminar series that he ran from 1948 until 1964. Each year, a different topic was discussed in depth

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