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Authorised form of nameArago; Dominique Francois Jean (1786 - 1853)
SurnameArago
ForenamesDominique Francois Jean
Dates1786 - 1853
NationalityFrench
Dates and placesBirth:
Estagel, France (26 February 1786)
Death:
Paris, France (02 October 1853)
ActivityResearch Field:
Physics, astronomy
Career:
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
Royal Society activityMembership:
Foreign Member
Election Date:
12/03/1818
Medals/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
Royal Society codeNA2974
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1817/32Arago, Dominique Francois Jean: certificate of election to the Royal Society
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
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