Painlevé, Paul
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Painlevé, Paul

(December 5, 1863, Paris – October 29, 1933, Paris), French politician (minister for war, prime minister). Painlevé was not only a politically prominent personality, twice a prime minister and later the minister for war, but also a renowned mathematician.

A professor of mathematics in Lille since 1887, Painlevé first came to the attention of the public when in 1890, he received the Grand Prix des Sciences Mathématiques (‘Grand Prize in Mathematical Sciences’) of the Académie Française. His primary research area was related to friction energy. He w…

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Krumeich, Gerd, “Painlevé, Paul”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 26 April 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0453>
First published online: 2015



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