Mathematician:René Frédéric Thom
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French mathematician who worked as a topologist, then moved on to aspects of what would later be called singularity theory.
One of the founders of catastrophe theory.
Introduced the concept of cobordism.
- For creating the theory of 'Cobordisme' which has, within the few years of its existence, led to the most penetrating insight into the topology of differentiable manifolds.
- Born: 2 September 1923 in Montbéliard, Doubs, France
- Died: 25 October 2002 in Bures-sur-Yvette, France
Theorems and Definitions
- Dold-Thom Theorem (with Albrecht Dold)
- Thom Isomorphism
- Pontryagin-Thom Construction (with Lev Semyonovich Pontryagin)
- Giambelli-Thom-Porteous Formula (with Giovanni Zeno Giambelli and Ian Robertson Porteous)
- 1952: Espaces fibrés en sphères et carrés de Steenrod (Ann. Sci. École Norm. Sup. Ser. 3 Vol. 69: pp. 109 – 182)
- 1954: Quelques propriétés globales des variétés différentiables (Commentarii Mathematici Helvetici Vol. 28: pp. 17 – 86)
- 1969: Ensembles et morphismes stratifiés (Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. Vol. 75: pp. 240 – 284)
- 1972: Structural Stability and Morphogenesis
- 1990: Semio Physics: A Sketch
- John J. O'Connor and Edmund F. Robertson: "René Frédéric Thom": MacTutor History of Mathematics archive
- 1998: David Nelson: The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics (2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Thom, René Frédéric (1923- )
- 2008: David Nelson: The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics (4th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Thom, René Frédéric (1923-2002)
- 2014: Christopher Clapham and James Nicholson: The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics (5th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Thom, René Frédéric (1923-2002)