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Jacques-Louis Lions. 2 May 1928 – 17 May 2001

Philippe G. Ciarlet


Jacques-Louis Lions was born in the heart of Provence in the charming city of Grasse, much renowned for its perfume industry and its historical centre.

In spite of his young age, he had the courage and determination to join the French Résistance at the end of 1943, as a soldier in the FFI (French Forces of the Interior). There he met Andrée, his wife and lifelong companion.

Their son Pierre-Louis, who was born in 1956, would also be distinguished by mathematical talent. This gift earned him the highest mathematical distinction, the Fields Medal, awarded to him during the 1994 International Congress of Mathematicians in Zurich. His parents had the great joy of being present for this unique occasion.

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