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Claude Lemaréchal
Claude Lemaréchal

Claude Lemaréchal was born in Paris in 1944. He graduated at ENSEIHT, one of the prestigious French engineering schools in Toulouse, obtained his "Doctorat d'Etat" (equivalent of today's Habilitation) in mathematics at the University of Paris-Dauphine, and spent most of his career at INRIA a reknowned French research centre for applied mathematics and computer science. There he played a major role for the specific mission of this institute; namely, to combine fundamental research with more applied work in direct connection with industry, thereby cross-fertilising both domains of activity. His field of interest is numerical optimization which he has applied to various areas including fluid mechanics, molecular design, geophysics, optimal control, and production management. He is known for his works in nonsmooth optimization and, more generally, the use of convex analysis for the development of practical optimization tools. He was awarded the Dantzig Prize of the Mathematical Programming Society in 1994.

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