Benoît Mandelbrot Wikipedia
Benoît B. Mandelbrot, PhD, (born November 20, 1924) is a Franco-American mathematician, best known as the "father of fractal geometry". He was born in Poland, but his family moved to France when he was a child; he is a dual French and American citizen and was educated in France. Mandelbrot now lives and works in the United States. He is Sterling Professor of Mathematical Sciences, Emeritus at Yale University; IBM Fellow Emeritus at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center; and Battelle Fellow at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
On his retirement from IBM in 1987, Mandelbrot joined the Yale Department of Mathematics. At the time of his retirement in 2005, he was Sterling Professor of Mathematical Sciences. His awards include the Wolf Prize for Physics in 1993, the Lewis Fry Richardson prize of the European Geophysical Society in 2000, the Japan Prize in 2003, and the Einstein Lectureship of the American Mathematical Society in 2006. The small planet 27500 Mandelbrot was named in his honour. On November 23, 1990, he was made a knight in the French Legion of honour.
In 2004, Mandlebrot was given the honor of being the subject of a pop song pop written by Jonathan Coulton.
In December 2005, Mandelbrot was appointed to the position of Battelle Fellow at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Mandelbrot was promoted to officer of the French Legion of honour on January 1, 2006.
"Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line."