George-Louis Leclerc, Comte De Buffon Facts

George-Louis Leclerc, Comte De Buffon Facts
Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (7 September 1707 to 16 April 1788) was a French naturalist, mathematician, cosmologist, and author. He transformed the Jardin de Roi into a major research center and museum. Thanks to his literary talent he was invited to join the Academie francaise in 1753.
Interesting George-Louis Leclerc, Comte De Buffon Facts:
Georges Louis Leclerc was born at Montbard in Burgundy.
He was named after his mother's uncle and his godfather, Georges Blaisot.
In 1714 Blaisot died childless and left his considerable fortune to his 7-year-old godson.
In 1717 he entered the Jesuit College of Godrans.
From 1723 to 1726 he studied law but in 1728 he left Dijon to study mathematics and medicine at the University of Angers in France.
In 1730 he met the Duke of Kingston and traveled with him throughout southern France and Italy for over a year.
In 1732 he returned to Dijon to secure his fortune, repurchased the village of Buffon and added Buffon to his name.
He became famous in the field of mathematics by introducing differential and integral calculus into probability theory.
In 1733 he began a long-term scientific study of the properties of wood for use in shipbuilding.
In 1734 he was admitted to the French Academy of Sciences.
In 1753 he was admitted to the Academie francaise based on his talent as an author.
In 1772 when Buffon became seriously ill the King raised his estates in Burgundy to the level of a county and Buffon and his son became Counts.
In 1782 he was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Buffon's Histoire Naturelle, generale et particuliere in 36 volumes was translated into many languages and made him as widely read as Montesquieu, Rousseau or Voltaire.

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