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Charles Hermite



Charles Hermite circa 1887.


Born  Dieuze, Moselle

24 December 1822
Died  14 January 1901 
(aged 78)
Nationality  French 
Alma mater  Collège Henri IV, Sorbonne Collège LouisleGrand, Sorbonne 
Known for  Proof that e is transcendental Hermitian adjoint Hermitian form Hermitian function Hermitian matrix Hermitian metric Hermitian operator Hermite polynomials Hermitian transpose Hermitian wavelet 
Scientific career  
Fields  Mathematics 
Institutions  
Doctoral advisor  Eugène Charles Catalan 
Doctoral students  Léon Charve Henri Padé Mihailo Petrović Henri Poincaré Thomas Stieltjes Jules Tannery 
Charles Hermite (24 December 1822 – 14 January 1901) was a French mathematician who did research concerning number theory, quadratic forms, invariant theory, orthogonal polynomials, elliptic functions, and algebra.
Hermite polynomials, Hermite interpolation, Hermite normal form, Hermitian operators, and cubic Hermite splines are named in his honor. One of his students was Henri Poincaré.
He was the first to prove that e, the base of natural logarithms, is a transcendental number. His methods were used later by Ferdinand von Lindemann to prove that π is transcendental.
In a letter to Thomas Joannes Stieltjes, Hermite remarked, "I turn with terror and horror from this lamentable scourge of continuous functions with no derivatives."
The Hermite crater near the Moon's north pole is named in his honor.