Mathematician:Joseph Fourier

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French mathematician and physicist best known for the Fourier series and his application of this technique to the problem of heat conduction.

Also developed the technique of dimensional analysis, and discovered the greenhouse effect.




  • Born: 21 March 1768, Auxerre, Bourgogne, France
  • 1798: Accompanied Napoleon Bonaparte to Egypt
  • Died: 16 May 1830, Paris, France

Theorems and Definitions

Results named for Joseph Fourier can be found here.

Definitions of concepts named for Joseph Fourier can be found here.


  • Historical Précis (unpublished)

Critical View

Fourier's theorem is not only one of the most beautiful theorems of modern analysis, but it may be said to furnish an indispensable instrument in the treatment of nearly every recondite question in modern physics.
-- Lord Kelvin
-- Epigraph to The Fourier Transform and its Applications, 2nd ed. by Ronald N. Bracewell

Also known as

Full name and title:

Baron Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier


Jean Baptiste Joseph, Baron de Fourier