Fractals began in Warsaw: Google issues Mandelbrot doodle

Today Google let the world know that 96 years ago sharp Benoit Mandelbrot, the father of mesmerising fractals, was born in Poland.

Mandelbrot was born on November 20, 1924, in Warsaw. Born into a Lithuanian-Jewish family, the future discoverer of fractals lived in the Polish capital until 1936, when he and his family moved to Paris, France.

Working in the US for IBM from 1957, Mandelbrot became a pioneer in the use of computers for research purposes. Thanks to uploading data from the work of two French mathematicians to computers, Mandelbrot created a chart that he called fractals.

It was in 1979 that he discovered the Mandelbrot set, which exhibits an elaborate and infinitely complicated boundary that reveals progressively ever-finer recursive detail at increasing magnifications, making the boundary of the Mandelbrot set a fractal curve.

In 1982, he contributed to the popularisation of fractal geometry by publishing his work entitled "The Fractal Geometry of Nature".

His exploits brought him many scientific awards. He passed away in 2010 in a Cambridge hospice, ill with pancreatic cancer.