Jean-Marie Souriau, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Jean-Marie Souriau


Date of Birth: 03-Jun-1922

Place of Birth: Paris, Île-de-France, France

Date of Death: 15-Mar-2012

Profession: physicist, mathematician

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Gemini

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About Jean-Marie Souriau

  • Jean-Marie Souriau (3 June 1922 – 15 March 2012) was a French mathematician, known for works in symplectic geometry, in which he was one of the pioneers.
  • He published several works, a treatise on linear algebra [Sou64a], a treatise on relativity [Sou64b] and a treatise on symplectic mechanics [Sou70].
  • He developed the symplectic aspects of classical and quantum mechanics.
  • He contributed to the introduction or the development of many important concepts, such as the coadjoint action and the coadjoint orbits of a group on its moment space, which led in particular to the first geometric interpretation of spin at a classical level.
  • He introduced the moment map, he suggested a program of geometric quantization, he gave a classification of the homogeneous symplectic manifolds, known as the Kirillov-Kostant-Souriau theorem.
  • Finally, he proposed a new approach to differential geometry by means of diffeologies. He was educated at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, and spent most of his career as a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Provence in Marseille.

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