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Authorised form of nameArago; Dominique Francois Jean (1786 - 1853)
Dates1786 - 1853
NationalityFrench
Place of birthEstagel, France
Date of birth26 February 1786
Place of deathParis, France
Date of death02 October 1853
Research fieldPhysics; astronomy
ActivityCareer:
Secretary to the Observatory, Paris; commissioned with Biot to complete meridional measurements; had to escape from Majorca, but was captured by Spanish corsair on his way to Marseilles, which he finally reached (1809); made geodetic observations with Biot on coasts of France, Scotland and England (1818); measured the second's pendulum at Leith and at Unst, Shetland; played a prominent part in the revolution (1830); refused to take the oath of allegiance to Louis Napoleon (1851); died of Bright's disease and dropsy
Memberships:
Royal Institute of France
Membership categoryForeign Member
Date of election12/03/1818
Royal Society activityMedals and prizes:
Copley Medal 1825; Rumford Medal 1850
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DSB
Obituaries:
Proc Roy Soc 1850-1854 vol 6 pp 359-365
References:
K K Schwarz, 'Faraday and Babbage' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp367-381
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/64023378
Royal Society codeNA2974
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MC/2Volume 2 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1832-1838
EC/1817/32Arago, Dominique Francois Jean: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MC/4Volume 4 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1844-1850
MC/5Volume 5 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1851-1858
IM/000118Arago, Dominique Francois Jeannd
IM/000119Arago, Dominique Francois Jeannd
MS/426/438Copy letter from C R [Charles Richard] Weld, the Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to W Wyon29 November 1850
MS/426/311Copy letter from C R [Charles Richard] Weld, the Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir David Brewster7 February 1848
IM/000120Arago, Dominique Francois Jeannd
MC/2/144Letter from Joseph Barclay Pentland, Rue de l'Université, Paris, to John William Lubbock, [Treasurer of the Royal Society]14 November 1834
MC/4/16Letter from Jean Jacques Beaux, physician, Paris, to the Secretary of the Royal Society 16 March 1844
MC/5/158Letter from J F W [John Frederick William] Herschel, Harley Street, to Lord Rosse, [President of the Royal Society]24 March 1854
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