Mathematician:Laurent-Moïse Schwartz

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French mathematician who pioneered the theory of distributions, which gives a well-defined meaning to objects such as the Dirac delta function.

Fields Medal

Laurent-Moïse Schwartz was awarded a Fields Medal in $\text {1950}$ at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA:

Developed the theory of distributions, a new notion of generalized function motivated by the Dirac delta-function of theoretical physics.




  • Born: 5 March 1915 in Paris, France
  • Died: 4 July 2002 in Paris, France

Theorems and Definitions

Results named for Laurent-Moïse Schwartz can be found here.

Definitions of concepts named for Laurent-Moïse Schwartz can be found here.


  • 1968: Application of Distributions to the Theory of Elementary Particles in Quantum Mechanics
  • 1979: Analyse hilbertienne

Also known as

Some sources do not hyphenate, and do not bother with the diaeresis on the i of Moïse:

Laurent Moise Schwartz

Usually known just as Laurent Schwartz.