Haïm Brezis

Haïm Brezis (born 1 June 1944) is a French mathematician, who mainly works in functional analysis and partial differential equations.

Haïm Brezis
Born (1944-06-01) 1 June 1944 (age 78)
Alma materUniversity of Paris
Known forBrezis–Gallouet inequality

Bony-Brezis theorem

Brezis–Lieb lemma
Scientific career
InstitutionsPierre and Marie Curie University
Doctoral advisorGustave Choquet
Jacques-Louis Lions
Doctoral studentsAbbas Bahri
Henri Berestycki
Jean-Michel Coron
Jesús Ildefonso Díaz
Pierre-Louis Lions
Juan Luis Vázquez Suárez


Born in Riom-ès-Montagnes, Cantal, France. Brezis is the son of a Romanian immigrant father, who came to France in the 1930s, and a Jewish mother who fled from the Netherlands. His wife, Michal Govrin, a native Israeli, works as a novelist, poet, and theater director.[1] Brezis received his Ph.D. from the University of Paris in 1972 under the supervision of Gustave Choquet. He is currently a Professor at the Pierre and Marie Curie University and a Visiting Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University. He is a member of the Academia Europaea (1988) and a foreign associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences (2003). In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[2] He holds honorary doctorates from several universities including National Technical University of Athens.[3] Brezis is listed as an ISI highly cited researcher.[4] He also served on the Mathematical Sciences jury for the Infosys Prize in 2013 and 2014.


  • Opérateurs maximaux monotones et semi-groupes de contractions dans les espaces de Hilbert (1973)
  • Analyse Fonctionnelle. Théorie et Applications (1983)
  • Haïm Brezis. Un mathématicien juif. Entretien Avec Jacques Vauthier. Collection Scientifiques & Croyants. Editions Beauchesne, 1999. ISBN 978-2-7010-1335-0, ISBN 2-7010-1335-6
  • Functional Analysis, Sobolev Spaces and Partial Differential Equations, Springer; 1st Edition. edition (November 10, 2010), ISBN 978-0-387-70913-0, ISBN 0-387-70913-4

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