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Question 1: Martin Weil, French Mathematician René Thom Dies, ________, November 17 (2002), p. C10
NewsweekThe Washington PostSlate (magazine)Donald E. Graham

Question 2: He received his PhD in 1951 from the ________.
University of ParisMedieval universityUniversity of HeidelbergUniversity of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne

Question 3: After a fellowship in the ________, he went on to teach at the Universities of Grenoble (1953-1954) and Strasbourg (1954-1963), where he was appointed Professor in 1957.
AlaskaUnited StatesCanadaPhilippines

Question 4: In the early 1950s it concerned what are now called Thom spaces, ________, cobordism theory, and the Thom transversality theorem.
CohomologyPontryagin classChern classCharacteristic class

Question 5: He was awarded the Grand Prix Scientifique de la Ville de Paris in 1974, and became a Member of the ________ of Paris in 1976.
French Academy of SciencesShiing-Shen ChernRaoul BottPeter Lax

Question 6: Another example of this line of work is the Thom conjecture, versions of which have been investigated using ________.
Introduction to gauge theoryStandard ModelQuantum field theoryGauge theory

Question 7: René Frédéric Thom (September 2, 1923 – October 25, 2002) was a French ________.
MathematicsGeometryMathematicianNumber theory

Question 8: The foundations of ________ theory, for which he received the Fields Medal at Edinburgh in 1958, were already present in his thesis.
ManifoldMichael AtiyahCobordismComplex cobordism


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