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Philippe Le Corbeiller

Born: Jan 11, 1891

Death: Jul 24, 1980

Birthplace: Paris

Nationality: France

Philippe Le Corbeiller

Date of Birth : Jan 11, 1891
Date of Death : Jul 24, 1980
Birth Place : Paris

Philippe Emmanuel Le Corbeiller was a French-American electrical engineer, mathematician, physicist, and educator. He was trained as an engineer at the Ecole Polytechnique, served in the French Signal Corps during World War I, worked on telegraph and radio systems, and in 1926 received a doctorate in mathematics from the Sorbonne, having written a thesis on indefinite quadratic forms under the supervision of Charles Emile Picard. He was a close friend of Dutch physicist Balthasar van der Pol, whose work on nonlinear self-oscillating dynamical systems he extended and popularized among electrical engineers, mathematicians, and economists. In 1941 he fled the German occupation of France during World War II and became a lecturer in electronics at Harvard University. He eventually became a US citizen and a professor of applied physics and general education at Harvard. He returned to Europe in 1968 and lived the rest of his life in the Netherlands. His intellectual interests were quite varied, spanning several branches of pure and applied mathematics, as well as electronics, acoustics, control theory, economics, and the history and philosophy of science.

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