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Charles-Franois Sturms father was Jean-Henri Sturm whose family came from Strasbourg to settle in Geneva about 50 years before Charles-Franoiss birth Jean-Henri Sturm was a teacher of arithmetic who had married Jeanne-Louise-Henriette Gremay Charles-Franoiss parents gave him a good education and at school he showed great promise particularly in Greek and Latin poetry for which he had a remarkable talent Sturm came from a Protestant family and in order to learn German he attended the local Lutheran church where sermons were preached in that language When Sturm was sixteen years old his father died and he changed tack in his academic studies leaving the humanities and taking up the study of mathematics He was taught mathematics at Geneva Academy by Simon Lhuilier in 1821 and immediately Lhuilier recognised the mathematical genius in Sturm However Lhuilier was over seventy years of age and close to retiring at this time so it was his successor Jean-Jacques Schaub who inspired Sturm Schaub did more than teach Sturm mathematics for he supported him financially at the Academy Sturms family had been left in considerable financial difficulties on the death of his father so the financial assistance allowed Sturm to continue with his education At the Academy Sturms best friend was Daniel Colladon and the friendship would have a marked influence on Sturms early research career After leaving the Academy Sturm was appointed as a tutor to the youngest son of Mme de Stal at the Chteaux de Coppet close to Geneva He took up his appointment in May 1823 and found that it left him plenty of free time to devote to his own studies He used his time well and began to write articles on geometry which were published in Gergonnes Annales de mathmatique pures et appliques Before the end of 1823 the family moved from the chteau to spend six months in Paris and Sturm as tutor naturally accompanied them In Paris he was
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