Jean Gaston Darboux
Jean-Gaston Darboux was a French
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Darboux made several important contributions to geometry
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 and mathematical analysis
Mathematical analysis
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 (see, for example, linear PDEs). He was a biographer of Henri Poincaré
Henri Poincaré
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 and he edited the Selected Works of Joseph Fourier
Joseph Fourier
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Darboux received his Ph.D.
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 from the École Normale Supérieure
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 in 1866. His thesis, written under the direction of Michel Chasles
Michel Chasles
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, was titled Sur les surfaces orthogonales. In 1884, Darboux was elected to the Académie des Sciences
French Academy of Sciences
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. In 1900, he was appointed the Academy's permanent secretary of its Mathematics section.

Among his students were Émile Borel
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, Élie Cartan
Élie Cartan
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, Gheorghe Ţiţeica
Gheorghe Titeica
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 and Stanisław Zaremba.

Darboux's contribution to the differential geometry of surfaces
Differential geometry of surfaces
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 appears in the four volume collection of studies he published between 1887 and 1896; see links below for access to these texts.

In 1902, he was elected to the Royal Society
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; in 1916, he received the Sylvester Medal
Sylvester Medal
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 from the Society.

There are many things named after him:

Books by Gaston Darboux

1887-96. Leçons sur la théorie générale des surfaces et les applications géométriques du calcul infinitésimal. Gauthier-Villars:

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