Person: Godement, Roger
Roger Godement was a French mathematician, known for his work in functional analysis and for his expository books. He was an active member of Bourbaki.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
 For the first 19 years of his life Roger lived about 10 km away from the city of Le Havre.
 Godement graduated with his Agrégé de Mathématiques in 1943 and continued to undertake research at the university for his doctorate.
 Godement published three further papers in 1945, namely: Sur la presquepériodicité des fonctions spectrales Ⓣ(On the almostperiodicity of the spectral functions); Sur les fonctions de type positif Ⓣ(On the positive type functions); and Sur les propriétés ergodiques des fonctions de type positif Ⓣ(On the positive properties of ergodic type functions).
 The "functions of positive type" that Godement was studying in these papers were members of a special class of functions defined on a Banach space of bounded, complexvalued continuous functions on a locally compact group.
 Godement defended his thesis Les fonctions de type positif et la théorie des groupes Ⓣ(The positive type functions and group theory) in Paris in July 1946.
 Following the award of his doctorate, Godement was appointed to the University of Nancy in 1946.
 Godement is an exception to this, for he took a strong ethical position against the military; in particular he hated to see mathematics being used to develop weapons and other means of war.
 Godement had published nine books: Topologie Algébrique et théorie des faisceaux Ⓣ(Algebraic topology and sheaf theory) (1958); Variétés différentiables.
 On 1 October 2011, Godement celebrated his ninetieth birthday.
Born 1 October 1921, Le Havre, France. Died 21 July 2016, Paris, France.
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