Pierre Méchain

1744 - 1804

Pierre Méchain

Pierre François André Méchain (French pronunciation: ​[pjɛʁ fʁɑ̃swa ɑ̃dʁe meʃɛ̃]; 16 August 1744 – 20 September 1804) was a French astronomer and surveyor who, with Charles Messier, was a major contributor to the early study of deep-sky objects and comets. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pierre Méchain has received more than 58,637 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 52nd most popular astronomer.

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Among astronomers, Pierre Méchain ranks 53 out of 495Before him are Jérôme Lalande, Caroline Herschel, Sosigenes of Alexandria, Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Kathir al-Farghani, Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve, and Pierre Janssen. After him are William Lassell, Gerard Kuiper, Fritz Zwicky, Ferdinand Verbiest, Heinrich Louis d'Arrest, and George Darwin.

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Among people born in 1744, Pierre Méchain ranks 5Before him are Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, Johann Gottfried Herder, Frederick William II of Prussia, and Mayer Amschel Rothschild. After him are Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Karl Theodor Anton Maria von Dalberg, Abigail Adams, Johann Christian Polycarp Erxleben, Elbridge Gerry, Samuel Gottlieb Gmelin, and Giacomo Quarenghi. Among people deceased in 1804, Pierre Méchain ranks 8Before him are Joseph Priestley, Jacques Necker, Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, Alexander Hamilton, Archduchess Maria Amalia of Austria, and Johann Friedrich Gmelin. After him are Wolfgang von Kempelen, Louis Antoine, Duke of Enghien, Princess Carolina of Parma, Jean-Charles Pichegru, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, and Martin Vahl.

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In France

Among people born in France, Pierre Méchain ranks 841 out of 4,109Before him are Jean de La Bruyère (1645), Theobald I of Navarre (1201), Wilfred the Hairy (840), Robert IV of Sablé (1150), Bernard Gui (1261), and Lucien Laurent (1907). After him are Carolus Clusius (1525), Nadia Boulanger (1887), Félix Guattari (1930), Émile Borel (1871), Robert of Molesme (1024), and Christina of Lorraine (1565).


Among astronomers born in France, Pierre Méchain ranks 4Before him are Charles Messier (1730), Jérôme Lalande (1732), and Pierre Janssen (1824). After him are Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille (1713), Jacques Cassini (1677), Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc (1580), Joseph-Nicolas Delisle (1688), Alphonse Borrelly (1842), Édouard Stephan (1837), Nicole-Reine Lepaute (1723), and Bernard Lyot (1897).

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