Record

Authorised form of nameFoucault; Jean Bernard Leon (1819 - 1868)
Dates1819 - 1868
NationalityFrench
Place of birthParis, France
Date of birth18 September 1819
Place of deathParis, France
Date of death11 February 1868
Research fieldExperimental physics
ActivityCareer:
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
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DSB
Obituaries:
Proc Roy Soc 1868-1869 vol 17 pp lxxxiii-lxxxiv
References:
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
Notes:
DSB gives birth date as 19 September 1819
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/69024801
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
Add to My Items

    Collection highlights

    Browse the records of some of our collections, which cover all branches of science and date from the 12th century onwards. These include the published works of Fellows of the Royal Society, personal papers of eminent scientists, letters and manuscripts sent to the Society or presented at meetings, and administrative records documenting the Society's activities since our foundation in 1660.

    The Royal Society

    The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of
    the world's most eminent scientists and is the
    oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.
    Registered charity number 207043

    Website design ©CalmView



    CONTACT US

    + 44 207 451 2500
    (Lines open Mon-Fri, 9:00-17:00. Excludes bank holidays)

    6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

    Email Us →

    SUBSCRIBE

    Subscribe to our newsletters to be updated with the
    latest news on innovation, events, articles and reports.

    Subscribe →

    © CalmView