Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot

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Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot

Birthplace: Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Death: August 24, 1832 (36)
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Place of Burial: Ivry-sur-Seine, Val-de-Marne, Île-de-France, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Lazare, comte Carnot and Jacqueline Sophie Dupont
Brother of Lazare Hyppolite Carnot

Managed by: George J. Homs
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About Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot (French: [ka%CA%81no]; 1 June 1796 – 24 August 1832) was a French military engineer and physicist, often described as the "father of thermodynamics". In his only publication, the 1824 monograph Reflections on the Motive Power of Fire, Carnot gave the first successful theory of the maximum efficiency of heat engines. Carnot's work attracted little attention during his lifetime, but it was later used by Rudolf Clausius and Lord Kelvin to formalize the second law of thermodynamics and define the concept of entropy..."

"...Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot was born in Paris into a family that was distinguished in both science and politics. He was the first son of Lazare Carnot, an eminent mathematician, military engineer and leader of the French Revolutionary Army. Lazare chose his son's third given name (by which he would always be known) after the Persian poet Sadi of Shiraz. Sadi was the elder brother of statesman Hippolyte Carnot and the uncle of Marie François Sadi Carnot, who would serve as President of France from 1887 to 1894..."

"...In 1819, Sadi transferred to the newly formed General Staff, in Paris. He remained on call for military duty, but from then on he dedicated most of his attention to private intellectual pursuits and received only two-thirds pay. Carnot befriended the scientist Nicolas Clément and attended lectures on physics and chemistry. He became interested in understanding the limitation to improving the performance of steam engines, which led him to the investigations that became his Reflections on the Motive Power of Fire, published in 1824.

Carnot retired from the army in 1828, without a pension. He was interned in a private asylum in 1832 as suffering from "mania" and "general delirum", and he died of cholera shortly thereafter, aged 36, at the hospital in Ivry-sur-Seine..."


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Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot's Timeline

June 1, 1796
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
August 24, 1832
Age 36
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Cimetière communale, Ivry-sur-Seine, Val-de-Marne, Île-de-France, France