Benoit Mandelbrot
Fractal guru
author, The Fractal Geometry Of Nature ISBN:0716711869 (1982)
http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/bios/mandelbrot.html
http://www.math.yale.edu/mandelbrot/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beno%C3%AEt_Mandelbrot
Died Oct14'2010.

Over nearly seven decades, working with dozens of scientists, Dr. Mandelbrot contributed to the fields of geology, medicine, cosmology and engineering. He used the geometry of fractals to explain how galaxies cluster, how wheat prices change over time and how mammalian brains fold as they grow, among other phenomena.

He earned a masterâ€™s degree in aeronautics at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech), returned to Paris for his doctorate in mathematics in 1952, then went on to the Institute For Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., for a postdoctoral degree under the mathematician John Von Neumann.
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