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Authorised form of nameMechain; Pierre Francois Andre (1744 - 1805)
Dates1744 - 1805
NationalityFrench
Place of birthLaon, Aisne, France
Date of birth16 April or 16 August 1744
Place of deathCastellon de la Plana, Spain
Date of death20 September 1804 or 20 September 1805
Research fieldGeodesy; astronomy
ActivityCareer:
Observer, surveyor and computer under Lalande; made two voyages surveying coast of France; Director of the Observatory, Paris
Memberships:
French Academy of Sciences (1782)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election30/04/1789
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DSB
Notes:
DSB gives birth and death dates as 16 August 1744 and 20 September 1804, and is source for birth and death places.
Royal Society codeNA2421
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1788/21Mechain, Pierre Francois Andre: certificate of election to the Royal Society
CB/2/270Copy of a letter from Charles Blagden to Mechain8 July 1789
L&P/8/67Note, 'On the Comte de Casssini's comet' by Pierre Mechain1784
L&P/9/39Letter, 'Account of the dicovery of a comet' from Pierre Francoise Andre Mechain to Nevil Maskelyne11 April 1787
L&P/9/157Letter, 'Account of the new comet (in French)' from Pierre Francois Andre Mechain to Nevil Maskelyne10 January 1790
L&P/12/13Paper, 'Observations of Ceres Ferdinandea' by Pierre Francois Andre Mechain25 February 1802
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