Authorised form of nameMontesquieu; Charles de Secondat (1689 - 1755); Baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu
Dates1689 - 1755
Place of birthLa Brede, near Bordeaux, France
Date of birth18 January 1689
Place of deathParis, France
Date of death10 February 1755
Research fieldPhilosophy
Political theory
Oratorian College, Juilly; Bordeaux (1705-1708)
President a mortier in the Parliament of Bordeaux (1716); had problems with his eyesight; researched the weight and transparency of bodies, and the causes of echoes; published 'Lettres persanes' (1721); visited several European countries, including England where he lived for two years (1729-1731); his 'De l'esprit des lois' was placed on the Index (1748); was blind by the time he died
Academie des Sciences (1728)); Academie de Bordeaux (1716); Freemason
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election26/02/1730
ProposerGeorge Lewis Teissier
Paul de St Hyacinthe
Sir Hans Sloane
RelationshipsFather of Jean Baptist Secondat de Montesquieu (FRS 1744); inherited the post of President of the Parlement of Bordeaux from his uncle
Bulloch's Roll; DSB
P Casini, 'Newton's Principia and the Philosophers of the Enlightenment' in NR 1988 vol 42 pp 35-52
Royal Society codeNA7849
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
IM/004100Montesquieu, Charles de Secondatnd
L&P/1/263Paper, 'Of stones of a regular figure found at Bagneres' by Charles de Secondat Montesquieu1743
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