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Charles Étienne Louis Camus (August 25, 1699 – February 2, 1768), was a French mathematician and mechanician who was born at Crecy-en-Brie, near Meaux.

He studied mathematics, civil and military architecture, and astronomy[where?]. In 1730 he was appointed professor of architecture and, in 1733, associate of the Académie des Sciences. He also became a professor of geometry, secretary to the Academy of Architecture and fellow of the Royal Society of London. In 1727 he presented a memoir to the academy on masting ships, in consequence of which he was named the same year joint mechanician to that body. In 1736 he accompanied Pierre Louis Maupertuis and Alexis Claude Clairaut in the expedition to Lapland for the measurement of a degree of meridian arc. He was the author of a Cours de mathématiques (Paris, 1766), and a number of essays on mathematical and mechanical subjects[1].

He was also employed in a variety of public works, and in 1765 was chosen a fellow of the Royal Society of London. He died in 1768.


* Course of mathematics for the use of engineers, 4 vols. 8vo.
* Elements of Mechanics.
* Elements of Arithmetic.
* Numerous memoirs in the volumes of the Academy of Sciences.


This article incorporates text from the Encyclopædia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, a publication now in the public domain.

This article incorporates text from the Watkins Biographical Dictionary, which was published in 1825 and is in the public domain.

1. ^ see Poggendorff, Biog.-lit. Handworterbuch

External links

* O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Charles Étienne Louis Camus", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews, .

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