Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle

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Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle

Also Known As: "Le Bouyer de Fontenelle"
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Birthplace: Rouen, Seine-Maritime, Upper Normandy, France
Death: Died in Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
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Son of François Le Bouyer de Fontenelle and Marthe Corneille

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About Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle

Fontenelle was born in Rouen, France (then the capital of Normandy) and died in Paris just one month before his 100th birthday. His mother was the sister of great French dramatists Pierre and Thomas Corneille. He trained in the law but gave up after one case, devoting his life to writing about philosophers and scientists, especially defending the Cartesian tradition. He was educated at the college of the Jesuits, the Lycée Pierre Corneille (although it did not adopt the name of his uncle (Pierre Corneille) until c.200 years later in 1873).[3] At the Lycée he showed a preference for literature and distinguished himself. Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle (French: [fɔ̃tənɛl]; 11 February 1657 – 9 January 1757),[1] also called Bernard Le Bouyer de Fontenelle, was a French author. Isaiah Berlin said Fontenelle "was the most civilized man of his time, and indeed of most times."[2] In 1935, the lunar crater Fontenelle was named after him. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_le_Bovier_de_Fontenelle --------------------

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Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle's Timeline

1657
February 11, 1657
Rouen, Seine-Maritime, Upper Normandy, France
1757
January 9, 1757
Age 99
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France