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Alexis Clairaut

1713 - 1765

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Alexis Claude Clairaut (French pronunciation: [alɛksi klod klɛʁo]; 13 May 1713 – 17 May 1765) was a French mathematician, astronomer, and geophysicist. He was a prominent Newtonian whose work helped to establish the validity of the principles and results that Sir Isaac Newton had outlined in the Principia of 1687. Clairaut was one of the key figures in the expedition to Lapland that helped to confirm Newton's theory for the figure of the Earth. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alexis Clairaut has received more than 156,194 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Alexis Clairaut is the 130th most popular mathematician (down from 121st in 2019), the 984th most popular biography from France (down from 868th in 2019) and the 27th most popular French Mathematician.

Alexis Clairaut was a mathematician and astronomer who is most famous for his work on the shape of the Earth.

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Among mathematicians, Alexis Clairaut ranks 130 out of 823Before him are Brook Taylor, Henri Lebesgue, Herbert A. Hauptman, Menelaus of Alexandria, Andrey Markov, and Simplicius of Cilicia. After him are Michel Rolle, Liu Hui, Robert Grosseteste, Jacques Hadamard, Joseph Liouville, and Giambattista della Porta.

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Among people born in 1713, Alexis Clairaut ranks 5Before him are Denis Diderot, Ferdinand VI of Spain, Laurence Sterne, and Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille. After him are Jacques-Germain Soufflot, Charles I, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Junípero Serra, Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Pasha, Guillaume Thomas François Raynal, John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, and John Needham. Among people deceased in 1765, Alexis Clairaut ranks 6Before him are Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor, Mikhail Lomonosov, Louis, Dauphin of France, Philip, Duke of Parma, and Muhammad bin Saud. After him are Giovanni Paolo Panini, Axel Fredrik Cronstedt, Charles-André van Loo, Prince William, Duke of Cumberland, Princess Sophia Dorothea of Prussia, and Landgravine Marie Louise of Hesse-Kassel.

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Among people born in France, Alexis Clairaut ranks 984 out of 6,011Before him are Laura de Noves (1310), Marie Louise Gonzaga (1611), Ernest Chausson (1855), Laurent de Gouvion Saint-Cyr (1764), Madame Roland (1754), and Villard de Honnecourt (1200). After him are Horace Vernet (1789), Alphonse Bertillon (1853), Jacques Cassini (1677), Pierre Augereau (1757), Eleanor of Provence (1223), and Michel Rolle (1652).


Among mathematicians born in France, Alexis Clairaut ranks 27Before him are Pierre Louis Maupertuis (1698), Jean-Victor Poncelet (1788), Girard Desargues (1591), Charles Hermite (1822), Émile Borel (1871), and Henri Lebesgue (1875). After him are Michel Rolle (1652), Jacques Hadamard (1865), Joseph Liouville (1809), Gabriel Lamé (1795), Étienne Bézout (1730), and Jean Gaston Darboux (1842).