Joseph Jérôme Le Français de Lalande letters to Mme. Dupiery

Joseph Jérôme Le Français de Lalande letters to Mme. Dupiery

Dates: 1779-1806

Materials include thirty-three letters written from de Lalande to Mme. de Piery discussing his work, the current political situation, and personal matters. Portions of three letters have been excised, possibly because of their political content. Some items are not dated, others are dated using the calendar adopted by the French following the Revolution (1789-1792) with no attempt to correlate these dates with the Gregorian calendar. All items handwritten, some signed. All but one enclosed in a contemporary paper folder with a summary of the contents and the date of the letter written on the outside. Dated 1779-1806.

  • Extent: 3 folders (0.03 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Lalande, Joseph Jérôme Le Français de, 1732-1807. -- Dupiery, Mme.
  • Call Number: Vault MSS 530
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Initial citation: Vault MSS 530; Joseph Jérôme Le Français de Lalande letters; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: Vault MSS 530, LTPSC.
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Science, Technology, and Health; Astronomy--France--History; Astronomy--History; France--History--Revolution, 1789-1799; Astronomers--France--Biography; Astronomy--Observations--History; France--Politics and government--1789-1799--Sources; Lalande, Joseph Jérôme Le Français de, 1732-1807; Dupiery, Mme.; Lalande, Joseph Jérôme Le Français de, 1732-1807--Letters
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Orphaned manuscripts (Orphaned manuscripts collecting policy, 1 V., February 2014).
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Lalande (Joseph Jérôme Le Français de) letters to Mme. Dupiery
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Leslie Evens
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Biographical history

Joseph Jérôme Le Français de Lalande (1732-1807) was a French astronomer and writer.

Joseph Jérôme Le Français de Lalande was born on July 11, 1732, at Bourg-en-Bresse to Pierre Lefrançois and Marie?Anne?Gabrielle Monchinet. He went to Paris to study law, but was drawn to astronomy and became a pupil of both Joseph-Nicolas Delisle and Pierre Charles Le Monnier. At the age of twenty, Lalande was admitted to the Academy of Berlin, as well as elected as an adjunct astronomer to the French Academy of Sciences. He devoted himself to the improvement of planetary theory, and replaced Delisle as chair of astronomy in the Collège de France in Paris, a position he held for forty-six years. Lalande was also a compiler of navigational and astronomical tables and author of astronomy texts and other books on the history of mathematics and astronomy. Jérôme Lalande died on April 4, 1807.

Biographical History

Mme. Dupiery (born 1746) was an astronomy professor in Paris, France.

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