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Encyclopedia > Jacques Cassini

Jacques Cassini (February 8, 1677 - April 18, 1756) was a French astronomer, son of Giovanni Domenico Cassini


Cassini was born at the Paris Observatory. Admitted at the age of seventeen to membership of the French Academy of Sciences, he was elected in 1696 a fellow of the Royal Society of London, and became maître des comptes in 1706. Having succeeded to his father's position at the observatory in 1712, he measured in 1713 the arc of the meridian from Dunkirk to Perpignan, and published the results in a volume entitled Traité de la grandeur et de la figure de la terre (1720). He also wrote Eléments d'astronomie (1740), and died at Thury, near Clermont.


He published the first tables of the satellites of Saturn in 1716.


This article incorporates text from the public domain 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica.


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Jacques Cassini was the son of Jean-Dominique Cassini and Geneviève de Laistre.
Jean-Dominique Cassini was head of the Paris Observatory at the time of his marriage to Geneviève in 1674 and, two years previously, had become a French citizen, changing his name from Giovanni Domenico Cassini.
Jacques, the second of his parents two sons, was born at their home at the Observatory in Paris.
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