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Authorised form of nameFatio de Duillier; Nicolas (1664 - 1753)
Other forms of nameNicolas Fatio de
Nicolas Fatio
Faccio de Duillier, Nicolas
Faccio, Nicolas
Other forms of surnameDuillier
De Dullier
Dates1664 - 1753
NationalitySwiss
Place of birthBasel, Switzerland
Date of birth16 February 1664
Date of death28 April or 12 May 1753
OccupationVirtuoso
Research fieldMathematics; Astronomy; Anatomy
ActivityEducation:
Geneva
Career:
Enrolled a citizen of Geneva (1678); originally intended to enter the Protestant ministry but later left to his own devices; corresponded with Gian Domenico Cassini (FRS 1672); went to Paris (1682); was informed of a plot to kidnap the Prince of Orange, which he revealed to Gilbert Burnet (FRS 1664) and they both went to Holland to tell the Prince; offered a chair of mathematics by the Prince of Orange in The Hague, but instead went to England; Tutor to the eldest son of Sir William Ellis, with whom he went to Utrecht (1690); returned to London (1691) where he taught mathematics; in Switzerland (1699-1701); involved himself in the dispute over the calculus between Isaac Newton (FRS 1672) and Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz (FRS 1673); associated himself with the Camisards and was prosecuted for spreading 'wicked and counterfeit prophecies' (1707); went on an expedition to convert the world, travelling through Germany and into Asia before returning to England; retired to Worcester
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election02/05/1688
RelationshipsSon of Jean Baptiste Faccio and his wife, Catherine Basband or Barbaud; brother of Jean Christophe Fatio (FRS 1706)
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; Hunter
References:
J E McGuire and P M Rattansi, 'Newton and the "Pipes of Pan"' in NR 1966 vol 21 pp 108-143
Milo Keynes, 'The Personality of Isaac Newton' in NR 1995 vol 49 pp 1-56
Notes:
Proposed by Sir John Hoskins. Election date is taken from Hunter. In both R and index to BR, no precise election date is given, simply '? 1687'.
Royal Society codeNA8422
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MS/64A commentary on Newton's 'Principia'18th century
NLB/64/173Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to the Librarian of the Rothamsted Experimental Station; Herpenden, Herts16 February 1923
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