Mathematician:Benoît B. Mandelbrot

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French-American mathematician of Polish origin famous for his work on fractals.

The Mandelbrot set is named for him.

The middle B in his name was chosen by him. It doesn't stand for anything.

However, some suggest that the B actually stands for Benoît B. Mandelbrot, thereby invoking an infinite regress.

Nephew of Szolem Mandelbrojt.


Polish, later French-American


  • Born: 20 Nov 1924, Warsaw, Poland
  • Died: 14 Oct 2010, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Theorems and Definitions

Definitions of concepts named for Benoît B. Mandelbrot can be found here.


Also known as

His name is sometimes seen reported without the circumflex: Benoit B. Mandelbrot.