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Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (; 24 January 1732 – 18 May 1799)He died during the evening of 17–18 May (); the date 18 May is most frequently seen in sources. was a French polymath. At various times in his life, he was a watchmaker, inventor, playwright, musician, diplomat, spy, publisher, horticulturist, arms dealer, satirist, financier and revolutionary (both French and American).

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