Jean-Louis Koszul

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Jean-Louis Koszul
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Born(1921-01-03)January 3, 1921
Strasbourg, France
DiedJanuary 12, 2018(2018-01-12) (aged 97)
Alma materUniversity of Strasbourg
École Normale Superieure
Known forKoszul complex
Koszul duality
Koszul connection
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Grenoble (Joseph Fourier University)
University of Strasbourg
French Academy of Sciences
ThesisHomologie et cohomologie des algèbres de Lie (1950)
Doctoral advisorHenri Cartan

Jean-Louis Koszul (French: [kɔsyl]; January 3, 1921 – January 12, 2018) was a French mathematician, best known for studying geometry and discovering the Koszul complex. He was a second generation member of Bourbaki.


Koszul was educated at the Lycée Fustel-de-Coulanges [fr] in Strasbourg before studying at the Faculty of Science University of Strasbourg and the Faculty of Science of the University of Paris. His Ph.D. thesis, titled Homologie et cohomologie des algèbres de Lie, was written in 1950 under the direction of Henri Cartan.

He lectured at many universities and was appointed in 1963 professor in the Faculty of Science at the University of Grenoble. He was a member of the French Academy of Sciences.

Koszul was the cousin of the French composer Henri Dutilleux, and the grandchild of the composer Julien Koszul.

Koszul married Denise Reyss-Brion on July 17, 1948. They had three children: Michel, Bertrand, and Anne.

He died on January 12, 2018, at the age of 97, nine days after his 97th birthday.[1]

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External links[edit]

  • O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Jean-Louis Koszul", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews
  • Jean-Louis Koszul at the Mathematics Genealogy Project