Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle

1657 - 1757

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Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle (French: [fɔ̃tənɛl]; 11 February 1657 – 9 January 1757), also called Bernard Le Bouyer de Fontenelle, was a French author and an influential member of three of the academies of the Institut de France, noted especially for his accessible treatment of scientific topics during the unfolding of the Age of Enlightenment. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle has received more than 176,605 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle is the 753rd most popular writer (up from 772nd in 2019), the 905th most popular biography from France (up from 911th in 2019) and the 124th most popular French Writer.

Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle is most famous for his work in the field of astronomy. He is best known for his book Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds, which was published in 1686.

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Notable Works

Oeuvres complètes
Nouveaux dialogues des morts
Histoire de l'Académie royale des sciences, année ... avec les mémoires de mathématique & de ...
Entretiens sur la pluralité des mondes
Éloges de Fontenelle


Among writers, Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle ranks 753 out of 7,302Before him are Sven Hassel, Taha Hussein, Aelius Donatus, Christa Wolf, Clemens Brentano, and Jun'ichirō Tanizaki. After him are Ulrich von Hutten, Antonio Machado, Jean Anouilh, Nestor the Chronicler, Epicharmus of Kos, and Antonio Tabucchi.

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Among people born in 1657, Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle ranks 4Before him are Frederick I of Prussia, Emeric Thököly, and Sophia Alekseyevna of Russia. After him are Sambhaji, Michel Richard Delalande, Philip Prospero, Prince of Asturias, Francesco Solimena, Henry Casimir II, Prince of Nassau-Dietz, Arai Hakuseki, Guido Starhemberg, and Friedrich Wilhelm III, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg. Among people deceased in 1757, Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle ranks 7Before him are Domenico Scarlatti, Osman III, Maria Josepha of Austria, René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur, Sophia Dorothea of Hanover, and Rosalba Carriera. After him are Johann Stamitz, Siraj ud-Daulah, Robert-François Damiens, 7th Dalai Lama, David Hartley, and Amursana.

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In France

Among people born in France, Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle ranks 905 out of 6,770Before him are Paul Delaroche (1797), Louis-Jules Trochu (1815), John I of Aragon (1350), Edgar Morin (1921), Jean-Claude Killy (1943), and Claude Lelouch (1937). After him are Joan the Lame (1293), René Clément (1913), Beatrice I, Countess of Burgundy (1143), Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire (1772), Claude Chappe (1763), and Jean Anouilh (1910).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle ranks 124Before him are Alfred de Vigny (1797), Bernart de Ventadorn (1135), Edmond Rostand (1868), Sidonius Apollinaris (430), Pierre Boulle (1912), and Edmond de Goncourt (1822). After him are Jean Anouilh (1910), Antoine Galland (1646), Theodore Beza (1519), Georges Bernanos (1888), Charles Maurras (1868), and Laura de Noves (1310).