Dr. Benoit Mandelbrot has achieved legendary status for his work in fractal geometry, including coining the word "fractal." He also developed the concept of "self-similarity" in naturea repetition of patterns at varying scales, seen in coastlines, ferns, and even the stock market. Mandelbrot studied mathematics, graduated from universities in both Paris and the United States, and received a master's degree in aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology. Mandelbrot also made distinguished contributions to the fields of geology, medicine, cosmology, engineering, and the social sciences.
In his own words, "Early on, I became a wanderer-by-choice between the disciplines, and between theory and applications. Electing to live as a constant maverick, I allowed my interests to move in and out of mathematics, in and out of physics, of economics, or diverse other fields of physical and social sciences, and even music and art."