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Later years

I.S. Glass

in Nicolas-Louis De La Caille, Astronomer and Geodesist

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199668403
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191749315 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668403.003.0006
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La Caille returned to France via Mauritius and Reunion. He was received with acclaim at the Academy, where he gave several lectures on his Cape experiences. He published a map of the Cape which remained the standard for over half a century. He became involved in controversies with Euler and later with Le Monnier. His most famous student was the chemist Lavoisier, who acknowledged the usefulness of La Caille's rigorous approach. He strongly influenced Lalande. Towards the end of his life, his friends included Clairaut, Bouguer and his correspondents Bradley and Tobias Mayer of Gottingen. He observed Comet Halley on its return and gave it its name. He died of an illness which was believed to have been contracted at the Cape.

Keywords: Mauritius; map of Cape; controversies; Euler; Lavoisier; Bailly; Lalande; Clairaut; Bouguer; La Condamine; Lunars; Mayer; Halley's Comet; memorials

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Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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