JOSEPH Fourier


JOSEPH Fourier, (Jean Baptiste) Joseph, Baron (Pronounced: Fooryay) (1768-1830) was born in Auxerre, France. He's considered a French mathematician and physicist. He was the son of a tailor and born into a prominent family. Although initially trained for the priesthood, he turned to mathematics and became a teacher by the age of 16. Fourier was professor between 1795 and 1798) at the École polytechnique in Paris. He accompanied Napoleon I to Egypt and in 1808 he was made a baron. He died in Paris in 1830 - Fourier never married.