Anders Johan Lexell (1740-1784), assistant and successor of Leonhard Euler

Mathematics: place, production and publication, 1730-1940

27 January 17:00 - 18:00


The Finnish-Swedish mathematician and astronomer Anders Johan Lexell (1740–1784) was a long-time close collaborator as well as the academic successor of Leonhard Euler at the Imperial Academy of Sciences in Saint Petersburg. Lexell was initially invited by Euler from his native town of Åbo (Turku) in Finland to Saint Petersburg to assist in the mathematical processing of the astronomical data of the forthcoming transit of Venus of 1769. A few years later he became an ordinary member of the Academy. In the skies, a comet, a minor planet and a crater on the Moon named after Lexell perpetuate his memory.
June Barrow-Green
The Open University
Jeremy Gray,
The Open University
Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze
University of Agder


June Barrow-Green


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