Henri Paul Cartan

Born: 8 July 1904 in Nancy, France

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Henri Cartan is the son of Elie Cartan. Henri taught at many universities including Lycée Caen (1928-29), Lille (1929-31), Strasbourg, Paris (1940-69) and Orsay (1970-1975).

Henri worked on analytic functions, the theory of sheaves, homological theory, algebraic topology and potential theory. Along with others, such as Weil and Dieudonné, Henri Cartan wrote under the name Bourbaki. Bourbaki's Eléments de mathématique contains more than 30 volumes and aims to present mathematics so as to illustrate the axiomatic structure of modern mathematics.

He published important books including Homological Algebra (1956) and Elementary Theory of Analytic Functions of One or Several Complex Variables (1963).

Among the many honours which have been awarded to him was election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1971 and honorary membership of the London Mathematical Society in 1959.

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Henri Cartan was elected to the Royal Society of London in 1971. You can see a history of the Royal Society and a list of the members among the mathematicians in our archive.

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