Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier

1768 - 1830

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Fourier studied the mathematical theory of heat conduction. He established the partial differential equation governing heat diffusion and solved it by using infinite series of trigonometric functions.
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List of References (24 books/articles)

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Honours awarded to Joseph Fourier
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Fellow of the Royal Society1823
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