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Edward Norton Lorenz
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    (May 23, 1917-April 16, 2008)
    Born in West Hartford, Connecticut
    Meteorologist and mathematician
    Pioneer of chaos theory
    Published 'The Essence of Chaos' (1993)
    Coined the term 'butterfly effect' for the way small changes in the initial conditions of a complex system produce large changes in the final results
    Sometimes phrased as 'a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil can set off a tornado in Texas'
    Many of his contributions to chaos theory had been predicted by Henri Poincare but ignored.
    Perhaps appropriately, his office was chaotic, with graduate students in the 1990s discovering a batch of unpublished papers dating to the 50s.
    The butterfly effect inspired a crappy Ashton Kutcher movie.
    He was a weather forecaster for the US Army Air Corps in World War II.
    He was conducting research and publishing until a week before his death.
    He won the Kyoto Prize in basic science for producing 'one of the most dramatic changes in mankind's view of nature since Sir Isaac Newton.'

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