Pierre Louis Moreau de Maupertus Geb. zu St. Malo. d. 28 Sept. 1698. Gest. zu Basel d.27 Marz 1759.
[German.] [n.d. c.1810.]
Stipple with large margins. Plate 145 x 89mm (5¾ x 3½").
Pierre Louis Moreau de Maupertuis (1698-1759) the French mathematician, philosopher and man of letters. He became Director of the Academie des Sciences, and the first President of the Prussian Academy of Science, at the invitation of Frederick the Great. He made an expedition to Lapland to determine the shape of the Earth. The portrait was published in 'Allgemeine Geographische Ephemeriden' (Universal Geographical Ephemerides (i.e. encyclopedia)) by Friedrich Bertuch et al.
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