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Pierre Bouguer

1698 - 1758

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Pierre Bouguer (French: [buˈge]) (16 February 1698, Croisic – 15 August 1758, Paris) was a French mathematician, geophysicist, geodesist, and astronomer. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pierre Bouguer has received more than 98,137 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia. Pierre Bouguer is the 171st most popular mathematician (down from 150th in 2019), the 1,237th most popular biography from France (down from 1,097th in 2019) and the 36th most popular French Mathematician.

Pierre Bouguer was a French mathematician who is most famous for his work in the field of geodesy. He was one of the first scientists to study the Earth's gravitational field and the variation in gravity with altitude.

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Among mathematicians, Pierre Bouguer ranks 171 out of 823Before him are Zu Chongzhi, Colin Maclaurin, Conon of Samos, André Weil, Wang Chong, and René Thom. After him are Vito Volterra, George Pólya, Mikhail Ostrogradsky, Ernst Kummer, Abu Maʿshar, and Michael Atiyah.

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Among people born in 1698, Pierre Bouguer ranks 7Before him are Pierre Louis Maupertuis, Pietro Metastasio, Giuseppe Guarneri, Riccardo Broschi, Colin Maclaurin, and Ange-Jacques Gabriel. After him are Joseph Süß Oppenheimer, Charles François de Cisternay du Fay, Francesco III d'Este, Duke of Modena, Erik Pontoppidan, Jean Calas, and Johann Jakob Bodmer. Among people deceased in 1758, Pierre Bouguer ranks 6Before him are Pope Benedict XIV, Barbara of Portugal, Prince Augustus William of Prussia, Hans Egede, and Wilhelmine of Prussia, Margravine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth. After him are Jonathan Edwards, Senesino, Johann Friedrich Fasch, Ernest Augustus II, Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Antoine de Jussieu, and Johan Helmich Roman.

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Among people born in France, Pierre Bouguer ranks 1,237 out of 6,011Before him are André Weil (1906), Ernest Gellner (1925), René Thom (1923), Francis I, Duke of Lorraine (1517), Jaufre Rudel (1125), and André Masson (1896). After him are Vincent of Beauvais (1190), André Antoine (1858), Cléo de Mérode (1875), Madeleine de Scudéry (1607), Claude Louis Hector de Villars (1653), and Rudolph III of Burgundy (971).


Among mathematicians born in France, Pierre Bouguer ranks 36Before him are Joseph Liouville (1809), Gabriel Lamé (1795), Étienne Bézout (1730), Jean Gaston Darboux (1842), André Weil (1906), and René Thom (1923). After him are Jean-Pierre Serre (1926), Camille Jordan (1838), Étienne-Louis Malus (1775), Antoine Augustin Cournot (1801), Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre (1749), and Laurent Schwartz (1915).