# Abraham de Moivre

**Abraham de Moivre** (

May 26,

1667 -

November 27,

1754), was a French

mathematician famous for

*de Moivre's formula*, which links

complex numbers and

trigonometry, and for his work on the

normal distribution and

probability theory. He was a good friend of

Isaac Newton. He fled France and went to England to escape the persecution of Protestants. In England he wrote a book on

probability theory, titled

*The Doctrine of Chances*.