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Borda, Jean Charles (Jean)

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Born: 1733 AD
Died: 1799 AD, at 65 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: Mathematicians, Physicists

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1733 - He was born on the 4th of May in Dax, France.

         - Borda entered the French army at an early age and later transferred to the navy, where he attained the rank of capitaine de vaisseau, took part in several scientific voyages, and played a role in the American Revolution.

         - Borda developed and used many instruments for measuring an arc of a meridian, or longitude line, and helped introduce the metric system into France.

         - He also developed a series of trigonometric tables in conjunction with his surveying techniques.

1782 - While commanding a flotilla of six ships, he was captured by the British but was immediately released on parole.

1799 - He died on the 20th of February in Paris.

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