Jacques Tits
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Background

Jacques Tits was born in Uccle, Belgium on August 12, 1930. After attending Athénée of Uccle in his younger years, Jacques then proceeded to study at the Free University of Brussels. He graduated in 1950 with his doctorate. On September 8, 1965 Jacques Tits married Marie-Jeanne Dieuaide, a historian and they are still married to this day. From 1956 to 1962 Jacques Tits was the assistant at the University of Brussels. In 1962 he was promoted to a professor at Brussels. Two years later, in 1964, he accepted a professorship at the University of Bonn.

Contributions to Mathematics

Following his doctoral dissertation, Jacques Tits published his first paper on generalisations of triply transitive groups. In 1949, he published a two-part paper called: Generalisations des Groupes Projectifs, which was based on the topic of generalising the groups of one-dimensional projective transformations. Jacques Tits has written numerous papers on various subjects but his focus was Group Theory. Group theory simply put is a rule for combining a collection of abstract objects or symbols. A few example equations regarding Group Theory are:

a × (b × c) = (a × b) × c

a × 1 = 1 × a = a

Remaining Years

In 1973 Jacques Tits accepted the Chair of Group Theory at the College de France. Following his acceptance, Jacques Tits became a naturalised French subject in 1974. He held the Chair of Group Theory until he retired in the year 2000.

Bibliography

"Jacques Tits." Wikipedia. 26 Feb 2008 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_tits>.

"Jacques Tits." MacTutor. 26 Feb 2008 <http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Biographies/Tits.html>.

"Group Theory." Wikipedia. 26 Feb 2008 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Group_theory>.

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