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Benoit Mandelbrot

BEN-wah MAN-dell-brote

Mathematician

How to pronounce Benoit Mandelbrot

Born: November 20, 1924 in Warsaw, Poland. Died: October 14, 2010 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Moved to France with his family in 1936. Later studied mathematics in Paris and the United States. Began working for IBM in 1958. Known for developing the "theory of roughness" and "self-similarity." Coined the term "fractal" geometry the prove his theorems.