Bernoulli, Jakob [Jacques]
- 1. Dates
- Born: Basel, Switzerland 27 Dec 1654 (DSB & ADB) 6 Jan 1655 (NDB) (this has to be an issue of the calendar; take 1655)
- Died: Basel, Switzerland 16 Aug 1705
- Dateinfo: Dates Certain
- Lifespan: 50
- 2. Father
- Occupation: Drug Merchant
- Clearly prosperous.
- 3. Nationality
- Birth: Swiss
- Career: Swiss
- Death: Swiss
- 4. Education
- Schooling: Bas?, M.A., D.D.
- University: MA philosophy 1671.
- Licentiate in theology 1676.
- Also studied math and astronomy.
- 5. Religion
- Affiliation: evangelical--i.e, Lutheran
6. Discipline: mathematics.
- Subordinate: mechanics, astronomy.
- 6. Scientific Disciplines
- Primary: None
- 7. Means of Support
- Primary: Academic Position
- Secondary: Personal Means, Schoolmaster
- 1676, went as a tutor to Geneva.
- Then 2 years in France.
- 1681-2, went to Netherlands & England, studied more science.
- 1683, returned to Basel, gave lectures as MA on mechanics (Experimentalphysik).
- 1687, became prof of mathematics at U. of Basel.
- 8. Patronage
- Type: City Magistrates
- His father was a Ratsherr of Basel.
- 9. Technological Involvement
- Types: None
- 10. Scientific Societies
- Memberships: Académie Royal des Sciences, Berlin Academy
- Informal: influenced his younger brother Johann I; early in his career they colaborated, later (by 1699) they did not get along.
- Corresponded with major mathematicians of the time.
- Formal: published in Journal des Scavans and Acta Eruditorum.
- 1699, became corresponding (foreign) member of Paris Académie des Sciences.
- 1701, became member of die Societaet der Wissenschaften in Berlin.
- J. O. Fleckstein, Johann und Jakob Bernoulli, (Basel, 1949), which is supplement 6 to the journal Elemente der Mathematik -- Swain QA 29 . B52 F5 -- little biographical O. Spiess, in Neue Deutsche Biographie, 2, 128-9, 130-1
- Not Available and Not Consulted
- Obituary in Acta eruditorum, 1706 Allegemeine Deutche Biographie, 2.
- J. J. Battier, Vita J. B., (Basel 1705).
- G. Kowalewski, Grosse Mathematiker, (1938).
- Compiled by:
- Richard S. Westfall
- Department of History and Philosophy of Science
- Indiana University
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