Michel Loève

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Michel Loève
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Born (1907-01-22)January 22, 1907
Jaffa, Palestine, Ottoman Syria
Died February 17, 1979(1979-02-17) (aged 72)
Berkeley, California
Nationality French American
Fields Mathematics
Institutions University of California, Berkeley
University of Lyon,
University of Paris
University of London
Alma mater University of Paris
Doctoral advisor Paul Lévy
Doctoral students Julius Blum
Leo Breiman
Robert Cogburn
Stanley Nash
Emanuel Parzen
Known for Karhunen–Loève theorem

Michel Loève (January 22, 1907 – February 17, 1979) was a French American probabilist and a mathematical statistician, of Palestinian Jewish origin.[1] His name is known to probabilists and statisticians because of the Karhunen–Loève theorem and Karhunen–Loève transform.

Michel Loève was born in Jaffa, Palestine in 1907, during the Ottoman domination there, in a Jewish family. He passed most of his childhood years in Egypt and received his primary and secondary education there in French schools. Later, after achieving the grades of B.L. in 1931 and A.B. in 1936, he studied mathematics at the Université de Paris under Paul Lévy. and received his Docteur ès Sciences (Mathématiques) in 1941. In 1936 was employed as actuaire of the University of Lyon.

Because of his Jewish origin, he was arrested during the German occupation of France and sent to Drancy internment camp. One of his books, Loève (1955),[2] is dedicated "To Line and To the students and teachers of the School in the Camp de Drancy". Having survived the Holocaust, after the liberation became between 1944–1946 chief of researches at the Institut Henri Poincaré at Paris University, then until 1948 worked at the University of London.

After one term as a visiting professor at Columbia University he accepted the position of Professor of Mathematics at Berkeley, in 1955 adding the title Professor of Statistics.

He is the author of one of the best known[citation needed] textbooks on measure-theoretic probability theory. He is memorialized via the Loève Prize created by his widow Line.

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  1. ^ http://www.jehps.net/juin2010/Simon.pdf
  2. ^ Loève, Michel (1955). Probability Theory. Princeton, New Jersey, USA: D Van Nostrand. pp. xvi+685.