Jean Picard

1620 - 1682

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Jean Picard (21 July 1620 – 12 July 1682) was a French astronomer and priest born in La Flèche, where he studied at the Jesuit Collège Royal Henry-Le-Grand. He is principally notable for his accurate measure of the size of the Earth, based on a careful survey of one degree of latitude along the Paris Meridian. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean Picard has received more than 79,188 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia. Jean Picard is the 115th most popular astronomer (up from 122nd in 2019), the 1,490th most popular biography from France (down from 6th in 2019) and the 8th most popular French Astronomer.

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Among astronomers, Jean Picard ranks 115 out of 532Before him are Margaret Burbidge, Antonie Pannekoek, Edward Charles Pickering, John Russell Hind, Annie Jump Cannon, and Frank Drake. After him are Adelard of Bath, William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse, E. M. Antoniadi, John Louis Emil Dreyer, Christian Heinrich Friedrich Peters, and Ali Qushji.

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Among people born in 1620, Jean Picard ranks 6Before him are Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg, Ninon de l'Enclos, Edme Mariotte, Aelbert Cuyp, and Avvakum. After him are Pierre Puget, Miklós Zrínyi, Henri Coiffier de Ruzé, Marquis of Cinq-Mars, Abraham van Beijeren, John Graunt, and Masaniello. Among people deceased in 1682, Jean Picard ranks 12Before him are Jacob van Ruisdael, Johann Joachim Becher, Jacob Kettler, Alessandro Stradella, Baldassare Longhena, and Avvakum. After him are Prince Rupert of the Rhine, Thomas Browne, Juan Caramuel y Lobkowitz, Gu Yanwu, and Heo Mok.

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Among people born in France, Jean Picard ranks 1,490 out of 5,234Before him are Carausius (300), Hugh of Cluny (1024), Chris Marker (1921), Léon Werth (1878), Jean-Charles Pichegru (1761), and Régis Debray (1940). After him are Émile Waldteufel (1837), Germaine Tailleferre (1892), Pierre Puget (1620), Edgard Varèse (1883), Gaston of Foix, Duke of Nemours (1489), and William of Champeaux (1070).


Among astronomers born in France, Jean Picard ranks 8Before him are Pierre Méchain (1744), Jérôme Lalande (1732), Pierre Janssen (1824), Jacques Cassini (1677), Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc (1580), and Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille (1713). After him are Alphonse Borrelly (1842), Édouard Stephan (1837), Guillaume Bigourdan (1851), Joseph-Nicolas Delisle (1688), Auguste Charlois (1864), and Bernard Lyot (1897).