Étienne Bézout

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Étienne Bézout
Born(1730-03-31)31 March 1730
Died27 September 1783(1783-09-27) (aged 53)
Known forBézout's theorem
Bézout's identity
Bézout matrix
Bézout domain
  • Pierre Bézout (father)
  • Jeanne-Hélène Filz (mother)
Scientific career
InstitutionsFrench Academy of Sciences

Étienne Bézout (French: [bezu]; 31 March 1730 – 27 September 1783) was a French mathematician who was born in Nemours, Seine-et-Marne, France, and died in Avon (near Fontainebleau), France.


In 1758 Bézout was elected an adjoint in mechanics of the French Academy of Sciences. Besides numerous minor works, he wrote a Théorie générale des équations algébriques, published at Paris in 1779, which in particular contained much new and valuable matter on the theory of elimination and symmetrical functions of the roots of an equation: he used determinants in a paper in the Histoire de l'académie royale, 1764, but did not treat the general theory.


Cours de mathématiques, à l'usage du corps de l'artillerie, 1798
  • Cours de mathématiques, a l'usage du corps de l'artillerie (in French). Vol. 3. Paris: Tilliard. 1798.


After his death, a statue was erected in his birth town, Nemours, to commemorate his achievements.[1]

In 2000, the minor planet 17285 Bezout was named after him.[2]

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