Pierre Coste

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Pierre Coste
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Pierre Coste

(1668-10-27)27 October 1668
Died24 January 1747(1747-01-24) (aged 78)
Occupationtheologian, translator and writer.

Pierre Coste (27 October 1668 – 24 January 1747) was a French theologian, translator and writer.[1][2]

Born in Uzès, France to Protestant parents, he moved to England, via Switzerland and Holland, after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. There he translated John Locke's An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, and the second English edition of Newton's Opticks,[3][4] and acted as tutor to the sons of several families. He moved back to Paris c.1735 to be married, but returned to England after the death of his wife.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1742.[5]

He died in Paris in 1747.


  1. ^ Marzials, Frank Thomas (1887). "Coste, Pierre" . In Stephen, Leslie (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. Vol. 12. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  2. ^ "Coste, Pierre". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/6377. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ I. Newton (tr. P. Coste), Traité d'optique sur les reflexions, refractions, inflexions, et les couleurs, de la lumiere, seconde edition françoise, Paris: Montalant, 1722.
  4. ^ J.-F. Baillon, "Two Eighteenth-Century Translators of Newton’s Opticks: Pierre Coste and Jean-Paul Marat", in S.D. Snobelen (ed.), Isaac Newton in the Eighteenth Century (Enlightenment and Dissent, No. 25), London: Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English, 2009, pp. 1–28.
  5. ^ "Fellow Details". Royal Society. Retrieved 19 January 2017.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainStephen, Leslie, ed. (1887). "Coste, Pierre". Dictionary of National Biography. Vol. 12. London: Smith, Elder & Co.