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French Urbain LE VERRIER

born Urbain Jean joseph LE VERRIER

French mathematician who specialized in celestial mechanics and is best known for his part in the discovery of Neptune

Source :  Maurice IMBERT

Born: on March 11, 1811 in Saint-Lô, France
Died: on September 23, 1877 in Paris, France


Le Verrier was born at Saint-Lô, Manche, France, and studied at École Polytechnique. He briefly studied chemistry under Gay-Lussac, writing papers on the combinations of phosphorus and hydrogen, and phosphorus and oxygen. He then switched to astronomy, particularly celestial mechanics, and accepted a job at the Paris Observatory. He spent most of his professional life there, and eventually became that institution's Director, from 1854 to 1870 and again from 1873 to 1877.

In 1846, Le Verrier became a member of the French Academy of Sciences, and in 1855, he was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Le Verrier's name is one of the 72 names inscribed on the Eiffel Tower.

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