Authorised form of nameFoucault; Jean Bernard Leon (1819 - 1868)
Dates1819 - 1868
Place of birthParis, France
Date of birth18 September 1819
Place of deathParis, France
Date of death11 February 1868
Research fieldExperimental physics
Began studying medicine, but gave it up in favour of physics; studied the diurnal motion of the earth; Physical Assistant, Imperial Observatory; paralysed (1867)
Membership categoryForeign Member
Date of election09/06/1864
Royal Society activityMedals and prizes:
Copley Medal 1855
Bulloch's Roll; DSB
Proc Roy Soc 1868-1869 vol 17 pp lxxxiii-lxxxiv
A A Mills and R Hall, 'The Production of a Plane Surface. As Illustrated by Specula From Some Early Newtonian Telescopes' in NR 1982-83 vol 37 pp 147-166
Otto Mayr, 'Victorian Physicists and Speed Regulation: An Encounter Between Science and Technology' in NR 1971 vol 26 pp 205-228
T Quinn, 'Foucault, a man of many parts. William Tobin, The Life and Science of Leon Foucault: the man who proved the Earth rotates' in NR 2004 vol 58 p 239-242
DSB gives birth date as 19 September 1819
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA7544
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1864/18Foucault, Jean Bernard Leon: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MC/7/84Letter from J [Jean] Foucault, Paris, to General [Edward] Sabine, President of the Royal Society1 June 1864
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