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Letter of François Arago written to Louis de Freycinet, 1820 November 24 [manuscript]
Bib ID 5011567
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Arago, F. (François), 1786-1853
 
Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1820] 
1 item (24.0 x 35.8 cm.) 
Summary

MS Acc10.187 comprises the letter dated 24 November 1820 from François Arago addressed to Louis de Freycinet, still aboard the Physicienne at Le Havre not long after his return from the 1817-1820 l'Uranie expedition to Australia and the Pacific. In the letter, Arago laments the indifferent reception from the French authorities for Freycinet's return, congratulates Freycinet on the scientific observations from the expedition, reports on some unusual results from the calculations he had made with these observations, and sends his fond regards to Rose de Freycinet, who had illegally accompanied her husband on the expedition.

Biography/History

French mathematician, physicist, astronomer and politician. François Arago contributed to major discoveries concerning electromagnetism, light polarisation and velocity, the meridian arc length of the earth, and the standardisation of the metric system. From 1830 he was director of the Paris Observatory. Arago also served several roles in government, including a short period as the prime minister of France.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS Acc10.187.

Two-page autograph letter folded to letter size 24.0 x 18.0 cm. Neatly written to the first two pages, with 28 lines of text, the third page blank and the fourth an address panel.

Condition: Showing old folds and traces of original seal.

In French.

Subjects Arago, F. (François), 1786-1853 -- Correspondence.  |  Freycinet, Louis Claude Desaulses de, 1779-1842 -- Correspondence.  |  Physicienne (Corvette)  |  Scientists -- France -- Correspondence.  |  Voyages around the world.  |  Scientific expeditions.  |  French -- Australia -- History -- 19th century.  |  Australia -- Discovery and exploration -- French.
Time Coverage 1820 
Occupation Scientists.  |  Prime ministers.

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