Authorised form of namePetit; Pierre (? 1594 - 1677); engineer and astronomer
Other forms of namePeter
Petitt, Pierre
Dates? 1594 - 1677
Place of birthMontlucon, France, Europe
Date of birth8 December 1594
Place of deathLagny-sur-Marne, France, Europe
Date of death20 August 1677
Research fieldPhysics
Commissaire provincial de l'artillerie (1633); visited ports in France and Italy; friend of Blaise Pascal, with whom he did experiments on vacuums; Intendant-general des fortifications (1649)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election04/04/1667
ProposerHenry Oldenburg
Other Royal Society activityActed as an occasional correspondent to the Society (1660s); Sent papers on comets (1664 and 1665)
Published worksRCN: 58770
General contextPetit was acquainted with polymath Marin Mersenne and knew Blaise Pascal and Descartes. In his work, he emphasised the importance of accurate experimental observation and he supported the establishment of a royal observatory, in order to keep of with astronomical advancements across Europe. His main work 'Dissertation sur la nature des comètes' along with his studies on magnetic declination were praised by fellow scholars. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society despite England and France being at war, the War of Devolution.
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Bulloch's Roll; DSB; Biographie Universelle; Hunter
Altname from Hunter. Later birth date of 31 December 1598 from Hunter and DSB.
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Royal Society codeNA4518
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
LBO/2/3Copy letter from Pierre Petit to Mr Oldenburgnd
LBO/2/12Copy of a letter from Pierre Petit, Paris, to the Royal Socierty27 May 1667
EL/O1/27Letter, from Henry Oldenburg to [Pierre] Petit1666
EL/P1/6Paper, 'On magnetic declination' by Pierre Petit1667
EL/P1/2Observations of the magnetic declination at Paris by Pierre Petitnd
EL/P1/8Letter, from Pierre Petit to the Royal Society, dated at Paris27 May 1667
EL/P1/7Translation of a letter, from Pierre Petit to Henry Oldenburg, dated at Paris5 April 1667
EL/P1/4Letter, from Pierre Petit to Henry Oldenburg17 November 1665
EL/P1/1Letter, from Pierre Petit to Henry Oldenburg, dated at Paris23 October 1660
EL/P1/3Letter, from Pierre Petit to Henry Oldenburg, dated at Paris12 October 1663
EL/P1/5Copy of a letter, from Pierre Petit to Henry Oldenburg1667
EL/P1/9Letter, from Pierre Petit to Henry Oldenburg, dated at Paris8 May 1667
EL/O1/79Letter, from Henry Oldenburg to [Pierre] Petit, dated at London20 October 1668
EL/O1/5Letter, from Henry Oldenburg to [Pierre] Petit, dated at London30 October 1663
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