Jean-Pierre Kahane
Jean-Pierre Kahane in 2006
Born(1926-12-11)11 December 1926
Died21 June 2017(2017-06-21) (aged 90)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Paris
University of Paris-Sud
Doctoral advisorSzolem Mandelbrojt
Doctoral studentsJean-Pierre Aubin [de]
Jean-Louis Krivine [fr]
Yves Meyer
Mario Wschebor

Jean-Pierre Kahane (11 December 1926 – 21 June 2017) was a French mathematician with contributions to harmonic analysis.[1]


Kahane attended the École normale supérieure and obtained the agrégation of mathematics in 1949. He then worked for the CNRS from 1949 to 1954, first as an intern and then as a research assistant. He defended his PhD in 1954; his advisor was Szolem Mandelbrojt.

He was assistant professor, then professor of mathematics in Montpellier from 1954 to 1961. Since then, he has been professor until his retirement in 1994,[2] then professor emeritus at the Université de Paris-Sud in Orsay.

He was a Plenary Speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 1962 in Stockholm[3] and an Invited Speaker at the 1986 ICM meeting in Berkeley, California.[4] He was elected corresponding member of the French Academy of Sciences in 1982 and full member in 1998.[5] He was president of the Société mathématique de France, the French Mathematical Society from 1971 to 1973. In 2000 Kahane received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Science and Technology at Uppsala University, Sweden[6] In 2002 he was elevated to the rank of commander in the order of the Légion d'Honneur.[7] In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[8]


Kahane was also known for his lifelong activism as part of the French Communist Party.[9]

Selected publications


  1. ^ "Jean-Pierre Kahane - Scholars | Institute for Advanced Study". 9 December 2019.
  2. ^ Kahane, Jean-Pierre.Ministerial decision of 6 April 1994
  3. ^ "Transformées de Fourier des fonctions sommables" par J.-P. Kahane Archived 2013-12-28 at the Wayback Machine In Proceedings of the International Congress of Mathematicians. 1962, pp. 114–131
  4. ^ "Enseignement Mathematique, Ordinateurs et Calculettes" par J.-P. Kahane In International Congress of Mathematicians, 1986, pp. 1682–1696
  5. ^ Decree of 5 January 1999
  6. ^ "Honorary doctorates - Uppsala University, Sweden".
  7. ^ Decree of 29 March 2002
  8. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-01-27.
  9. ^ Schwartz, Laurent. A mathematician grappling with his century. Birkhäuser, 2012. [1]
  10. ^ Rudin, Walter (1964). "Review: Ensembles parfaits et séries trigonométriques by Jean-Pierre Kahane and Raphaël Salem" (PDF). Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 70 (4): 487–490. doi:10.1090/s0002-9904-1964-11161-7.