Hervé Faye

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Hervé Faye

Hervé Auguste Étienne Albans Faye (born October 3, 1814 in Saint-Benoît-du-Sault , Indre department , † July 4, 1902 in Paris ) was a French astronomer .


Faye started as an intern at the Paris Observatory in 1836 . He discovered the comet 4P / Faye in 1843 and was honored with the Astronomical Prize of the Paris Academy of Sciences , the Prix ​​Lalande , and elected to the academy in 1847.

He taught geodesy from 1848 to 1853 at the École polytechnique and then went to Nancy as rector and professor of astronomy . In 1866 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences . From 1873 to 1893 he taught astronomy at the École polytechnique.

Faye became a member of the Bureau des Longitudes in 1862 and President in 1876, and in 1877 was French Minister of Education for a few weeks. He was made a knight in 1843, an officer in 1855 and commander of the Legion of Honor in 1870 . From 1889 to 1891 he was president of the Société astronomique de France .

In 1891 he became president of the permanent commission of international earth measurements and worked in the fields of meteorology, earthquake research and geodesy.

The moon crater Faye is named after him.

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predecessor Office successor
Joseph Brunet Minister of Education of France
November 23, 1877 - December 13, 1877
Agénor Bardoux