Maraldi, Giacomo Filippo
- 1. Dates
- Born: Perinaldo, Imperia, Italy, 21 Aug. 1665
- Died: Paris, 1 Dec. 1729
- Dateinfo: Dates Certain
- Lifespan: 64
- 2. Father
- Occupation: No Information
- No information on financial status.
- 3. Nationality
- Birth: Perinaldo, Imperia, Italy
- Career: Paris, France
- Death: Paris, France
- 4. Education
- Schooling: No University
- Studied classics and mathematics, not known where, finishing around 1687. There is no mention of a university or of a degree.
- 5. Religion
- Affiliation: Catholic : Catholic (assumed)
- 6. Scientific Disciplines
- Primary: Astronomy, Cartography
- Subordinate: Natural History
- 7. Means of Support
- Primary: Governmental Position
- 1687-1718, worked at the Paris Observatory compiling a new catalogue of stars.
- From 1702, a member of the Académie.
- 8. Patronage
- Type: Scientist
- He was called to Paris by his uncle, Cassini I. He became his devoted collaborator, his work was very much influenced by Cassini I's opinions. Later, he collaborated with Cassini II as well.
- 1701, went to Rome to work on calendar for Pope Clement XI, but as far as I can tell did not. He helped Bianchi with the determination of the meridian of the church of the Carthusians.
- 9. Technological Involvement
- Type: Cartography
- 1700 & 1701, helped Cassini II, J.M. de Chazelles, and Piere Couplet on the project to extend the Paris meridian to the southern border.
- 1718, helped Cassini II and G. de la Hire extend the survey of the Paris Meridian to the north.
- 10. Scientific Societies
- Membership: Académie Royal des Sciences
- First a student (1694), then an associate (1699), and finally a pensioner (1702) of the Académie.
- B. Fontenelle, "Eloge de M. Maraldi," Histoire de l'Académie royale des sceinces pour l'année 1729 (Paris, 1731), 158-64. [Q46.A16 1729 pt. 1] F. Hoefer, ed., Nouvelle biographie générale, 33 (Paris, 1860), cols. 348-349. [ref. CT143. H6]
- J.B. Delambre, Histoire de l'astronomie au XVIIIe siècle (Paris, 1827), 239-44. [Manuscripta List 87, Reel 31]
- Compiled by:
- Richard S. Westfall
- Department of History and Philosophy of Science
- Indiana University
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