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Michel Loeve

Born: Jan 22, 1907

Death: Feb 17, 1979

Birthplace: Jaffa

Profession: Statistician

Nationality: United States

Michel Loeve

Date of Birth : Jan 22, 1907
Date of Death : Feb 17, 1979
Birth Place : Jaffa

Michel Loeve was a French American probabilist and a mathematical statistician, of Israeli Jewish origin. He is known in mathematical statistics and probability theory for the Karhunen–Loeve theorem and Karhunen–Loeve transform. Michel Loeve was born in Jaffa, Israel in 1907, during the Ottoman domination there, in a Jewish family. He passed most of his childhood years in Egypt and received his primary and secondary education there in French schools. Later, after achieving the grades of B.L. in 1931 and A.B. in 1936, he studied mathematics at the Universite de Paris under Paul Levy, and received his Docteur es Sciences in 1941. In 1936 was employed as actuaire of the University of Lyon. Because of his Jewish origin, he was arrested during the German occupation of France and sent to Drancy internment camp. One of his books, Loeve, is dedicated "To Line and To the students and teachers of the School in the Camp de Drancy". Having survived the Holocaust, after the liberation he became between 1944 and 1946 chief of research at the Institut Henri Poincare at Paris University, then until 1948 worked at the University of London.


  • Statistician

Also known as

  • Michel Loeve
  • M. Loève
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