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Jules Henri Poincaré

Nationality: French

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  • mathématicien
  • physicien
  • philosophe
Work Experiences
01/1886 - 12/1912


Sorbonne University

Teacher of mathematical physics and probability

  • Oscar II, King of Sweden's mathematical competition (1887)
  • American Philosophical Society 1899
  • Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society of London (1900)
  • Matteucci Medal 1905
  • French Academy of Sciences 1906
  • Académie Française 1909
  • Bruce Medal (1911)

01/1881 - 12/1886


Faculty of Science in Paris

Teacher of mathematical analysis

Teacher of mathematical analysis at the faculty of Science in Paris

01/1879 - 12/1881


University of Caen

Teacher of mathematical analysis


Education and Training
12/1878 - 12/1879

Mining engineer

Vesoul Mines - doctoral work

After completing my studies at the École des Mines Poincaré I spent a short while as a mining engineer at Vesoul while completing my doctoral work.

12/1875 - 12/1878

Scientific and commercial methods of the mining industry

École des Mines

The École des Mines de Paris was one of the first schools to incorporate training in economics and the social sciences in the curriculum for engineers

12/1875 - 12/1879

Doctorate in mathematics from the University of Paris

École des Mines

Remainder of the thesis is a little confused and shows that the author was still unable to express his ideas in a clear and simple manner. Nevertheless, considering the great difficulty of the subject and the talent demonstrated, the faculty recommends that M Poincaré be granted the degree of Doctor with all privileges.

12/1873 - 12/1875

Graduated from the École Polytechnique

École Polytechnique

- Dynamical Systems
- Algebra, Arithmetic and Codes
- Groups and Symmetries
- Nonlinear Analysis
- Algebra and combinatorics
- Analysis and Applications
- Geometry
- Algebraic Geometry
- Dynamical Systems
- Number Theory
- Algebraic Topology

01/1862 - 12/1872


Lycée in Nancy

First prizes in the concours général, Monster of Mathematics, a competition between the top pupils from all the Lycées across France.

Personal Skills
Mother tongue(s)
Other language(s)
  • English
Personal skills and competences
Celestial mechanics, fluid mechanics, the special theory of relativity and the philosophy of science. My research involve different mathematical topics.
Communication skills
Organisational / managerial skills
Technical skills and competences
Artistic skills and competences
Play classic music with the piano
Job-related skills
Article by: J J O'Connor and E F Robertson
Additional information

03/12/2006 15:58:17 7037 1064
Dear Sirs,
at the moment when I put my foot on the step the idea came to me, without anything in my former thoughts seeming to have paved the way for it, that the transformation that I had used to define the Fuchsian functions were identical with those of non-euclidean geometry.
Best Regards
Henri Poincaré