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Jean-Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert

Enlightenment Philosopher Jean-Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert

Profession: Enlightenment Philosopher

Nationality:
France
French

Why Famous: The French mathematician, physicist, philosopher and music theorist Jean-Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert was one of the most prominent men of the enlightenment.

He is best remembered as co-editor with Denis Diderot of the "Encyclopédie", between 1751 and 1772.

His most famous work is "Traité de dynamique" (1743) where he explains his laws of motion, building on the work of Isaac Newton. This work explained his D'Alembert Principle of mechanics.

Born: November 16, 1717
Birthplace: Paris, France
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: October 29, 1783 (aged 65)
Cause of Death: Urinary bladder illness

Events in the Life of Jean-Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert

  • 1754-11-28 Jean-Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert is elected to the French Academy of Sciences
  • 1772-04-09 Philosopher and mathematician Jean-Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert becomes permanent secretary of the French Academy of Sciences

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