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Frenicle de Bessy, Bernard

1. Dates
Born: France, 1605
Died: Frence, 1675
Dateinfo: Birth Uncertain
Lifespan: 70
2. Father
Occupation: No Information
No information on financial status.
3. Nationality
Birth: France
Career: France
Death: France
4. Education
Schooling: No University
Perhaps better, no information.
5. Religion
Affiliation: Catholic (assumed)
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Mathematics
Subordinate: Physics
7. Means of Support
Primary: Government
Held an official position as counselor at the Cour des Monnais.
Later a member of the Académie.
8. Patronage
Type: Court Official
1666, he was appointed to the Académie by Louis XIV. I assume this wasn't on his own initiative.
9. Technological Involvement
Types: None
10. Scientific Societies
Membership: Académie Royal des Sciences
1666, appointed to the Académie.
Corresponded with Descartes, Fermat, Huygens, and Mersenne.
  1. Condorcet, Eloges des Académiciens de l'Académie Royale des Sciences. Mort depuis 1666, jusqu'en 1699 (Paris, 1773), 30- 35. [Q171.C746 1968]
  2. St. Le Tourneur, "Frenicle (Bernard)," Dictionnaire de Biographie Francaise, 14 (Paris, 1979), col. 1204. [ref. CT1003.D55 v. 14] Note: Even the Eloge has sparse information about him; it is mostly about his work.
Compiled by:
Richard S. Westfall
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Indiana University

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