Chronological Biography of Antoine Augustin Cournot
Edited by Jean-Philippe Touffut
28 August 1801 Birth in Gray (Haute-Saône); son of Claude-Agapit Cournot, merchant, descended from a long line of farmers Educated at the Collège des Jésuites in Gray Admitted to the Collège royal de Besançon for studies in mathematics Enters the cole Normale Supérieure; the school is closed by the authorities one year later Undertakes undergraduate studies at the Sorbonne, particularly enjoying his courses with Lacroix and Hachette, and becoming friends with Dirichlet. Thanks to Hachette, has the opportunity to meet Ampère, Laplace and Lagrange. Regularly attends lectures at the Académie des Sciences, notably those of Poisson, Biot, Arago, Gay-Lussac, Poinsot, Berthollet, Legendre, Fourier et Cauchy Obtains a Bachelor’s degree in science Obtains a Bachelor’s degree in law Works as private tutor to the son of Marshal Gouvion-Saint-Cyr, whose memoirs he helps write xiv 1809–16 1820 1821 1822 1823 1827 1823–33 Chronological biography of Cournot xv 17 and 24 February 1829 July 1834–October 1835 Defends doctoral thesis Holds the Chair of Mechanics and Analysis at the Faculté des sciences de Lyon Rector of the Academy of Grenoble and Professor of Mathematics at the Faculté des sciences Succeeds Ampère as Matter’s assistant at the Inspection générale, in the post of Interim Inspector General Marries Colombe-Antoinette Petitguyot, with whom he has a son October 1835–September 1838 1836 10 September 1838 September 1838–September 1854 Inspector General of Education 1839–43 Following Poisson, president of the jury overseeing France’s...