As a Jewish boy of age 11 fearing the rise of Nazi Germany, I fled with my family in 1936 from Warsaw, Poland, to France.
In and out of numerous school, including studying under Gaston Julia and Paul LÚvy at the ╔cole Polytechnique, I eventually got my Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Paris.
Most of my academic life has been spent doing research as an IBM Fellow at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY.
As a researcher, I focused on problems and common themes in applied mathematical fields such as information theory, economics, and fluid dynamics.
I gave the name "fractals" to the concept of self-similar structures, causing some to call me the father of fractal geometry.
I have been awarded many diverse honors, including the Wolf Prize for Physics, the Lewis Fry Richardson Prize of the European Geophysical Society, the Japan Prize for Science and Technology, the Einstein Lectureship of the American Mathematical Society, and Knighthood in the French Legion of Honour.
I died this past week at age 85, due to pancreatic cancer.
Benoţt B. Mandelbrot (1924 - 2010)