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Herigone, Pierre

1. Dates
Born: apparently in France; date unknown
Died: France, c. 1643
Dateinfo: Flourished (two dates give known period)
Lifespan: N/A
2. Father
Occupation: No Information
No information on financial status.
3. Nationality
Birth: French
Career: French
Death: French
4. Education
Schooling: No University
5. Religion
Affiliation: Unknown
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Mathematics
His only published work of any consequence is the Cursus mathematicus, a six-volume compendium of elementary and intermediate mathematics in French and Latin.
7. Means of Support
Primary: Schoolmastering
Secondary: Government
He spent most of his life in Paris as a teacher of mathematics. He also served on a number of official committees dealing with mathematical subjects, notably the one appointed by Richelieu in 1634 for determining longitude from the moon's motion.
8. Patronage
Type: Government Official
This is the only reasonable interpretation of his membership on those committees.
9. Technological Involvement
Type: Navigation
His work on the longitude committee.
10. Scientific Societies
Memberships: None
He was no doubt a full member of the community of French mathematicians of the first half of the seventeenth century.
With the other members of his committee for determining longitude from the moon's motion, Etienne Pascal, Mydorge, Beaugrand, J.C. Boulenger, and L. de la Parte, he became embroiled in the ensuing controversy with Morin.
  1. B. Boncompagni's article in Bullettino di bibliografia e di storia delle sceinze matematiche e fisiche, 2 (1869), pp. 472- 6. QA871.M466.
  2. P. Tannery's article in Mémoires scientifiques, 10, (Paris, 1930), 287-9. Q113.T16. Poggendorf, 1, 1076-7.
  3. Not in Nouvelle biographie générale or Dictionnaire de biographie française.
  4. There is very little known about Herigone.
Compiled by:
Richard S. Westfall
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Indiana University

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