Authorised form of nameLisle; Joseph Nicholas De (1688 - 1768)
Other forms of nameJoseph Nicholas
Other forms of surnameDe Lisle
De L'Isle
Dates1688 - 1768
Place of birthParis, France
Date of birth04 April 1688
Place of deathParis, France
Date of death11 July, 11 or 12 September 1768
Research fieldAstronomy
College Mazarin; studied astronomy under Jacques Lieutaud
Set up his observatory at the Luxembourg Palace (1712-1715), then at the Hotel de Taranne (1716-1719); worked at the Royal observatory (1719-1722); returned to work at the Luxembourg Palace (1722-1725); Professor of Mathematics, College Royal (1718-1725, 1747-1761); went to Russia to found an observatory for Peter the Great (1725-1747); on his return to Paris, set up a new observatory at the Hotel de Cluny; withdrew to the Abbey of St Genevieve to devote himself to charitable and religious works (1763)
Academie Royale des Sciences
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election12/03/1724
ProposerEdmond Halley
RelationshipsSon of Claude de Lisle, historian and geographer, and his wife, Nicole-Charlotte Millet de la Croyere; married; no children
Bulloch's Roll; DSB
John H Appleby, 'Mapping Russia: Farquharson, Delisle and The Royal Society' in NR 2001 vol 55 pp 191-204
Mari Williams, 'James Bradley and the Eighteenth Century "Gap" in Attempts to Measure Annual Stellar Parallax' in NR 1982-83 vol 37 pp 83-100
Thomson gives death date as 12 September 1768, DSB gives 11 September 1768
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA8375
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
L&P/1/115Letter, 'Concerning the late comet' from Joseph Nicholas Lisle to John Bevis[1742]
CLP/2/39aTranslation, 'A proposal for the measurement of the earth in Russia' by [Joseph Nicholas] de l'Isle[1737]
L&P/2/480Letter, 'Of certain Greenwich and Cape of Good Hope astronomical observations' from Joseph Nicholas de L'Isle to James Bradley30 November 1752
CLP/2/39Paper, 'Projet de la mesure de la terre en Russie' ['Proposal for the measurement of the earth in Russia'] by Joseph Nicholas de l'Isle[1737]
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