- Laurent Schwartz
name = Laurent Schwartz
image_width = 90px
birth_date = birth date|1915|3|5
birth_place = flagicon|France
death_date = Death date and age|2002|7|4|1915|3|5
death_place = Paris, France
citizenship = French
Université de Grenoble, École Polytechnique, Université de Paris VII
Université de Strasbourg
known_for = Theory of Distributions
Fields Medal, 1950
Laurent-Moïse Schwartz (
5 March 1915in Paris– 4 July 2002in Paris) was a French mathematician.
teachingpositions, he taught at École Polytechniquefrom 1959 to 1980. His considerable mathematical work, including the theoryof distributions, won him the Fields Medalin 1950. Apart from his scientificwork, he was a well-known outspoken intellectual. Leaning towards communism, he refused Stalin's totalitarianism. He campaigned against the Algerian War. In danger of being classified as a Jewunder the Nazi racial laws, he had to spend parts of WWII in hiding under aliases, predominantly "Laurent Sélimartin". He was related to the Debré family.
* Schwartz, Laurent (2001). A Mathematician Grappling with His Century. Birkhauser. ISBN 3-7643-6052-6. A translation in English of Laurent Schwartz's autobiography, "Un mathématicien aux prises avec le siècle",originally published in 1997!.
* [http://www.ams.org/notices/200309/fea-schwartz.pdf Biography of Laurent Schwartz] from the
American Mathematical Society
* [http://www.ams.org/notices/199809/chandra.ps Review of Schwartz's autobiography] , same source
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