Olinde Rodrigues

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Birthday
6, 1795
Birthplace
Illinois
Death Date
Dec 17, 1851 (56)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
6, 1795
Birthplace
Illinois
Death Date
Dec 17, 1851 (56)

About

Banker, mathematician, and social reformer, who developed Rodrigues' formula, a formula for the Legendre polynomials.

Before Fame

He earned a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Paris in 1815.

Trivia

His work on transformation groups led to the discovery of quaternions; however, his contributions to mathematics were not recognized until the late 20th century.

Family Life

He was born Benjamin Olinde Rodrigues; he was of upper-class Sephardi Jewish stock, living in Bordeaux.

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He was an adherent to Comte de Saint-Simon's socialist philosophy, which had a profound influence on Karl Marx.

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