Find out more about the greatest French Astronomers, including Pierre-Simon Laplace, Joseph-Louis Lagrange, Pope Sylvester II, Charles Messier and Pierre Janssen.
Pierre-Simon LaplacePierre-Simon Laplace
23 March 1749
Scientist
Charles MessierCharles Messier
26 June 1730
Astronomer

Johann Heinrich LambertJohann Heinrich Lambert
26 August 1728
Mathematician, Physicist and Astronomer

Joseph Louis LagrangeJoseph Louis Lagrange
25 January 1736
Mathematician and Astronomer

Guillaume Le GentilGuillaume Le Gentil
 

Siméon Denis PoissonSiméon Denis Poisson
21 June 1781
Mathematician, Astronomer, Physicist, University
François AragoFrançois Arago
26 February 1786
Astronomer, Mathematician, Physicist, Politician,

Pierre GassendiPierre Gassendi
22 January 1592
Philosopher, Mathematician, Astronomer, Professor,

Jean Sylvain BaillyJean Sylvain Bailly
15 September 1736
Astronomer, Politician, Mathematician

Urbain Le VerrierUrbain Le Verrier
11 March 1811
Astronomer, Mathematician, Politician
Camille FlammarionCamille Flammarion
26 February 1842
astronomer, writer, balloonist, science fiction

Pierre Louis MaupertuisPierre Louis Maupertuis
17 July 1698
astronomer, philosopher, mathematician, physicist
Hippolyte FizeauHippolyte Fizeau
23 September 1819
Physicist, Astronomer

GersonidesGersonides
1288 AD
Philosopher

Jean-Baptiste BiotJean-Baptiste Biot
21 April 1774
Mathematician, Physicist, Astronomer, Civil
Alexis ClairautAlexis Clairaut
13 May 1713
Mathematician

Pierre JanssenPierre Janssen
22 February 1824
Astronomer
Charles Marie de La CondamineCharles Marie de La Condamine
28 January 1701
Explorer

Jérôme LalandeJérôme Lalande
11 July 1732
Astronomer

Oronce FinéOronce Finé
 
Jean PicardJean Picard
 

Pierre MéchainPierre Méchain
16 August 1744
Astronomer
Jean Baptiste Joseph DelambreJean Baptiste Joseph Delambre
 

Nicolas Louis de LacailleNicolas Louis de Lacaille
15 March 1713
French astronomer

Giovanni CassiniGiovanni Cassini
08 June 1625
 

Levi ben GershomLevi ben Gershom
1288 AD
Philosopher
Jean-Baptiste-Joseph DelambreJean-Baptiste-Joseph Delambre
19 September 1749
Mathematician