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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benoit_MandelbrotHis math and geometry-centered research included contributions to such fields as statistical physics, meteorology, hydrology, geomorphology, anatomy, taxonomy, neurology, linguistics, information technology, computer graphics, economics, geology, medicine, physical cosmology, engineering, chaos theory, econophysics, metallurgy, and the social sciences.

And the following is from Richard L. Hudson, who is co-author of "The (Mis) Behavior of Markets: A Fractal View of Financial Turbulence" with Benoit Mandelbrot.

He has been premature, contrary to fashion, trouble-making, in virtually every field he has touched: statistical physics, cosmology, meteorology, hydrology, geomorphology, anatomy, taxonomy, neurology, linguistics, information technology, computer graphics, and, of course, mathematics. In economics he is especially controversial

Henry Poincare dealt with many different subjects but they were probably all mathematics. The situation for Mandelbrot is different than Poincare.

Does this situation prove that Mandelbrot was a great genius?