Jean Dieudonné

*Jean Alexandre Dieudonné* was a French mathematician, one of the most prominent members of the group Bourbaki. He helped Grothendieck in writing EGA and, together with Laurent Schwartz, advised Grothendieck in his early (pre-thesis) research in analysis. Apart from Bourbaki activities, Dieudonné was prolific in expository writing, having a rare “photographic” memory and high working habits (writing steadily at least 5 pages per day in the best period), immense erudition and strong attitude on all topics. Comparatively he was much less productive in original research - however most important is his development of the study of (Cartier-)Dieudonné modules arising in theory of formal groups. There is a theorem in general topology having his name. He is also a noted historian of mathematics, producing works on history of algebraic/differential topology, algebraic geometry, and functional analysis, also some entries in DSB (notably Poincare and Cartan).

Introducing the Dieudonné determinant:

- Jean Dieudonné,
*Les déterminants sur un corps non commutatif*, Bulletin de la Société Mathématique de France, Volume 71 (1943), p. 27-45 (numdam:BSMF_1943__71__27_0)

On algebraic topology and differential topology:

- Jean Dieudonné,
*A History of Algebraic and Differential Topology, 1900 - 1960*, Modern Birkhauser Classics 2009 (ISBN:978-0-8176-4907-4)

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