Jean-Antoine Nollet

Dates1700 - 1770

Although Jean-Antoine Nollet was trained in theology and called himself "abbé" until the end of his life, it was his scientific contributions that made him famous. At an early age he set up his first laboratory in Paris; through his contacts with the Société des Arts (Society of Arts), he met members of the aristocracy who eventually became his patrons and friends. A contemporary wrote of him, "Only the carriages of duchesses, peers, and pretty ladies can be seen before his gates."One of Nollet's first accomplishments was to draw new maps of the world, based on the results of recent Dutch and English expeditions. He was later involved in early experiments with electricity. Nollet taught physics to members of the French aristocacy and to the king of Sardinia. By 1758 he was named "Physics Teacher to the Royal Children" and established the Cabinet des Physiques (Physics Cabinet) for Louis XV, king of France.

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