Louis Bachelier (1870-1946) was a French mathematician. He is considered to be the founder of modern mathematical finance as he was the first in history to apply stochastic processes to evaluate stock options. His PhD thesis The Theory of Speculation covered the study of finance with the use of Brownian motion. (cf. Wikipedia)


Louis Bachelier’s Theory of Speculation: The Origins of Modern Finance
Translated and with commentary by Mark Davis and Alison Etheridge, foreword by Paul A. Samuelson
Princeton University Press (2006)
ISBN: 978-0-691-11752-2

Louis Bachelier: Aux origines de la finance mathématique
Jean-Michel Courtault and Youri Kabanov
Presses Universitaires de Franche-Comté (2002)
ISBN: 2-84627-064-3

Theory of Speculation, Translation of Louis Bachelier’s thesis (1900)
in The Random Character of Stock Market Prices
Paul H. Cootner (Ed.), MIT 1964, 18-91
reprint, Risk Books (2000)
ISBN: 1-899332-847


Bachelier: Not the forgotten forerunner he has been depicted as
Franck Jovanovic
in The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Volume 19, Issue 3, (2012).

Louis Bachelier
Laurent Carraro and Pierre Crépel
in Images des Mathématiques, CNRS, (2006).

Bachelier and his Times: A Conversation with Bernard Bru
in Mathematical Finance – Bachelier Congress 2000, 1-39
H. Geman, D. Madan, S.R. Pliska, T. Vorst (Eds.)
Springer (2001).

Louis Bachelier: On the Centenary of Théorie de la Spéculation
Jean-Michel Courtault, Yuri Kabanov, Bernard Bru, Pierre Crépel, Isabelle Lebon, Arnaud Le Marchand
in Mathematical Finance 10 (3), 339-353, Wiley-Blackwell, (2000).


Biography: Louis Bachelier

Louis Bachelier in Wikipedia