Alexis Clairaut, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Alexis Clairaut

French mathematician, astronomer, geophysicist, and intellectual

Date of Birth: 13-May-1713

Place of Birth: Paris, Île-de-France, France

Date of Death: 17-May-1765

Profession: astronomer, physicist, mathematician, mechanic

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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About Alexis Clairaut

  • Alexis Claude Clairaut (French: [kl??o]; 13 May 1713 – 17 May 1765) was a French mathematician, astronomer, and geophysicist.
  • He was a prominent Newtonian whose work helped to establish the validity of the principles and results that Sir Isaac Newton had outlined in the Principia of 1687.
  • Clairaut was one of the key figures in the expedition to Lapland that helped to confirm Newton's theory for the figure of the Earth.
  • In that context, Clairaut worked out a mathematical result now known as "Clairaut's theorem".
  • He also tackled the gravitational three-body problem, being the first to obtain a satisfactory result for the apsidal precession of the Moon's orbit.
  • In mathematics he is also credited with Clairaut's equation and Clairaut's relation.

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