Prévost, Pierre

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Prévost, Pierre Gender: M
born on 3 March 1751 at 21:00 (= 9:00 PM )
Place Geneva, Switzerland, 46n12, 6e09
Timezone LMT m6e09 (is local mean time)
Data source
Orig source not known
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Lescaut
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 12°58' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 02°55 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 19°39'

Pierre Prévost (1896)


Genevan philosopher and physicist who in 1791 explained Pictet's experiment by arguing that all bodies radiate heat, no matter how hot or cold they are. Prevost published much on philology, philosophy, and political economy, but he will be remembered mainly for having published, with additions of his own, the Traité de physique of Georges-Louis Le Sage, and for his enunciation of the law of exchange in radiation.

Son of a Protestant clergyman in Geneva in the Republic of Geneva, he was born in that city, and was educated for a clerical career. However, he abandoned it for law, and this too he quickly deserted to devote himself to education and to travelling. He became close friends with Jean Jacques Rousseau, and, a little later, with Dugald Stewart, having previously distinguished himself as a translator of and commentator on Euripides.

Friedrich II of Prussia secured him in 1780 as professor of philosophy, and made him member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften in Berlin. He there became acquainted with Joseph Louis Lagrange, and was thus led to turn his attention to physical science.

After some years spent on political economy and on the principles of the fine arts (in connection with which he wrote, for the Berlin Memoirs, a remarkable dissertation on poetry) he returned to Geneva and began his work on magnetism and on heat. Interrupted occasionally in his studies by political duties, in which he was often called to the front, he remained professor of philosophy at Geneva until he was called in 1810 to the chair of physics. He died at Geneva on 8 April 1839, aged 88.

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Source Notes

Grazia Bordoni's science database quotes Lescaut.


  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 88)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Philosopher
  • Vocation : Science : Physics
  • Vocation : Writers : Religion/ Philosophy
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Translator