Auguste-Savinien Leblond

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Auguste-Savinien Leblond d'Olblen (19 October 1760–22 February 1811) was a French mathematician and the inventor of the unit of measurement, the metre.


Auguste-Savinien Leblond came from a family of mathematicians. It was the profession of his father, and above all his great-uncle Guillaume Le Blond, and he himself was a teacher of mathematics,[1] while publishing works that earned him the esteem of his peers. He is remembered as the inventor of a fixed and universal measurement of length, which, in 1790, he named "the metre". Borda would adopt this name two years later. He also designed mechanical devices called "logarithmic dials", for converting traditional and metric measures, that were quickly abandoned in favour of slide rules

A member of the Lycée des Arts (School of Arts) and employed in the Prints Department of the Royal Library, the Bibliothèque Royale,[2] he was particularly interested in what was known as "education through the eyes", the use of visual methods for teaching. This led to his collaboration with his friend, the botanist Antoine Nicolas Duchesne, a pioneer of entertaining education, on the forerunner of illustrated magazines, a popular work entitled Portefeuille des enfants (1783-1791), under the direction of Cochin.[3]


Member of the Société des observateurs de l'homme

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Quérard, J.M. (1964). La France littéraire ou Dictionnaire bibliographique des savants historiens et gens de lettres de la France, ainsi que des littérateurs étrangers qui ont écrit en français, plus particulièrement pendant de 18e et 19e siècles (in French) 5. Maisenneuve & Larese. 
  2. ^ Rabbe, Alphonse; de Boisjolin, Claude-Augustin Vieilh; de Sainte-Preuve, François (1836). Biographie Universelle Et Portative Des Contemporains, Ou, Dictionnaire Historique Des Hommes Vivants Et Des Hommes Morts Depuis 1788 Jusqu'à Nos Jours, Qui Se Sont Fait Remarquerpar Leurs Écrits, Leurs Actions, Leurs Talents, Leurs Vertus Ou Leurs Crimes (in French) 5. 
  3. ^ Ségolène Le Men (1989). "Hetzel ou la science récréative". Romantisme (in French) 19 (65): 69–80. ISSN 1957-7958. Retrieved 16 July 2013.