Profession: Enlightenment Philosopher
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.
- 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