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Dalencé, Joachim

1. Dates
Born: France, 1640
Died: France, 1707
Dateinfo: Birth Uncertain
Lifespan: 67
2. Father
Occupation: Physician
Surgeon to the king.
I assume prosperous.
3. Nationality
Birth: France
Career: France
Death: France
4. Education
Schooling: unknown.
5. Religion
Affiliation: Catholic by assumption.
His father was a Jansenist.
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Astronomy, Physics
7. Means of Support
Primary: Governmental Position
1663, a royal secretary and counsellor, purchased, salaried positions.
1685-8, moved to the Netherlands where he purchased books and art works for the royal collections. I am uncertain how to list this. It could be seen as patronage, but I will include it under the governmental position.
8. Patronage
Type: None
His father, surgeon to the king, purchased for him his position as secretary and cousellor. But this is not patronage.
9. Technological Involvement
Type: Instruments
He made serious suggestions about thermometers.
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None
He served as an intermediary between Oldenburg and Huygens, and the between the Académie and Huygens, and was in contact with Leibnitz.
  1. Nouvelle biographie generale, I (Paris, 1852), col. 786. [ref. CT143.H6] W.E.R. Middleton, A History of the Thermometer.
  2. Nothing of a biographical nature.
  3. M. Daumas, Les instruments scientifiques . . .
  4. Nothing of a biographical nature.
  5. There is just not much on this guy, even in 18th century encyclopedic sources.
Compiled by:
Richard S. Westfall
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Indiana University

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©1995 Al Van Helden
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