Prof. Dr. jur. Johann II Bernoulli

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Prof. Dr. jur. Johann II Bernoulli

Also Known As: "Johannes"
Birthplace: Basel
Death: July 17, 1790 (80)
Immediate Family:

Son of Prof. Dr. Johann I Bernoulli and Dorothea Salokner Falkner
Husband of Susanna König and Susanna König
Father of Daniel Bernoulli; Johann III (Jean) III Bernoulli; Daniel II Bernoulli; Nicolaus IV Bernoulli; Jakob II Bernoulli and 1 other
Brother of Nicolaus ll son of Johann Bernoulli; Anne Catherine Catharina Bernoulli; Daniel Bernoulli; Dorothea Battier; Jakob Bernoulli and 4 others

Occupation: Prof für Mathematik und Physik in Basel
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About Prof. Dr. jur. Johann II Bernoulli

Johann(II) Bernoulli was one of three sons of Johann Bernoulli. In fact he was the most successful of the three. He originally studied law and in 1727 he obtained the degree of doctor of jurisprudence.

He worked on mathematics both with his father and as an independent worker. He had the remarkable distinction of winning the Prize of the Paris Academy on no less than four separate occasions. On the strength of this he was appointed to his father's chair in Basel when Johann Bernoulli died.

However, quoting [1]:-

   ... thereafter his mathematical production dwindled to occasional academic papers and a treatise, although he lived to almost as old as his father. His shyness and frail constitution did not, however, prevent him from engaging in extensive scientific correspondence (about 900 items) and from furthering the publication, in four volumes, of his father's Opera Omnia. He personified the mathematical genius of his native city in the second half of the eighteenth century. 

Johann(II) Bernoulli worked mainly on heat and light.

Note by C.F.Bunge: he was the mosy successful mathematician of the three brothers, however, Daniel as a physicist set up the kinetic theory of gases plus many other things but, of course, comparing physics with math is like comparing oranges with bananas.

Maupertuis, who was President of the Berlin Academy, was accused by Samuel König of plagiarising Leibniz's work. Voltaire was so critical of Maupertuis' work that eventually he left Berlin and, in 1756, travelled to Basel where he took refuge in Johann(II) Bernoulli home. Maupertuis remained in Johann's home for the last three years of his life.

Article by: J J O'Connor and E F Robertson

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Prof. Dr. jur. Johann II Bernoulli's Timeline

May 18, 1710
November 4, 1744
Basle, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland
September 12, 1749
Bael, Switzerland
Basel, Switzerland
February 20, 1754
October 17, 1759
Basle, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland
July 17, 1790
Age 80