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Authorised form of nameMaupertuis; Pierre Louis Moreau de (1698 - 1759)
SurnameMaupertuis
ForenamesPierre Louis Moreau de
Dates1698 - 1759
NationalityFrench
Dates and placesBirth:
St-Malo, France (17 July or 28 September 1698)
Death:
Basel, Switzerland (27 July 1759)
Burial:
Dornach, Switzerland
ActivityResearch Field:
Mathematics, biology, physics
Education:
Paris
Career:
Travelled to London (1728); became foremost proponent of Newtonianism in France; travelled to Basel, where he was befriended by the Bernoulli family; led the French expedition to Lapland to measure a degree of Longitude (1735); travelled to Berlin at the request of Frederick the Great (1738); served with Frederick in the War of the Austrian Succession; moved to Berlin (1745); returned to St Malo when his health broke down after a quarrel with his former pupil Samuel Konig and his friend Voltaire (1752); returned to Berlin (1755-1756); travelled to Switzerland (1758)
Memberships:
Academie Royale des Sciences (1723); Academie Francaise (1744); Berlin Academy (President 1746-1756)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
27/06/1728
RelationshipsMarried - de Borck of Berlin
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DSB
References:
Jean Jacquot, 'Sir Hans Sloane and French Men of Science' in NR 1953 vol 10 pp 85-98
J P Zinsser, 'Mentors, the marquise Du Chatelet and historical memory' in NR 2007 vol 61 pp 89-108
Notes:
DSB gives birth date as 28 September 1698, and is source for birth place.
Royal Society codeNA7795
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EL/M3/59Pierre Maupertuis, dated at Paris, to Cromwell Mortimer25 May 1738
EL/M3/53Extract of a letter from Pierre Maupertuis, dated at Paris, to Andreas Celsius1736
IM/003025Maupertuis, Pierre Louis Morceau de2001
IM/003024Maupertuis, Pierre Louis Morceau dend
EL/M3/23Translation of a letter from Pierre Maupertuis, dated at Paris, to Hans Sloane1731
MM/20/25Letter from Pierre Louis Moreau de Maupertuis to Cromwell Mortimer, Secretary, Royal Society28 May 1733
MM/20/26Letter from Pierre Louis Moreau de Maupertuis to Cromwell Mortimer, Secretary, Royal Society18 November 1737
MM/20/27Letter from Pierre Louis Moreau de Maupertuis to Cromwell Mortimer, Secretary, Royal Society[18 February 1738]
IM/005300Maupertuis, Pierre Louis Morceau dend
L&P/1/174Letter, 'Note on Reamaur's history of insects, 6th volume, being an extract from a letter referring to the account of Trembley's freshwater polype' from Pierre Louis Moreau de Maupertuis to unknown recipient6 February 1742
EL/M3/24Extract of a letter from Pierre Maupertuis, dated at Paris, to Andreas Celsius1735
EL/M3/60Translation of a letter from Pierre Maupertuis, dated at Paris, to Cromwell Mortimer1738
CLP/1/48Paper, 'De figuris quas fluida rotata induere possunt problemata duo' [The issues of figures when two fluids are rotated] by Pierre Louis de Maupertuis1731
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