Jacques Charles

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Date of Birth November 12, 1746
Place of Birth France
Date of Death Apr 7, 1823 (76)
Horoscope Scorpio

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Jacques Charles

Jacques Alexandre César Charles was a French inventor, scientist, mathematician, and balloonist. Charles wrote almost nothing about mathematics, and most of what has been credited to him was due to mistaking him with another Jacques Charles, also a member of the Paris Academy of Sciences, entering on May 12, 1785. He was sometimes called Charles the Geometer. Charles and the Robert brothers launched the world's first unmanned hydrogen-filled gas balloon in August 1783; then in December 1783, Charles and his co-pilot Nicolas-Louis Robert ascended to a height of about 1,800 feet in a manned gas balloon. Their pioneering use of hydrogen for lift led to this type of balloon being named a Charlière. Charles's law, describing how gases tend to expand when heated, was formulated by Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac in 1802, but he credited it to unpublished work by Jacques Charles.

Born: Beaugency, Orléanais
Died: (aged 76), Paris, France
Nationality: French
Fields: physics, mathematics, hot air ballooning
Institutions: Académie des Sciences
Known for: Charles's law

About Jacques Charles

French scientist, mathematician and inventor who launched the world's first hydrogen-filled balloon in 1783 and was the inspiration for Charles's law which describes how gases tend to expand when heated.

Jacques Charles Before Fame

He studied the work of Robert Boyle in the publication called Boyle's Law which was published in 1662.

Achievement of Jacques Charles

He invented several useful things including the valve that lets hydrogen out of a balloon.

Jacques Charles Family Life

He married Julie Françoise Bouchaud des Hérettes who was 37 years his senior in 1746.

Associations of Jacques Charles

Benjamin Franklin was one of the onlookers when he launched the first hydrogen filled balloon from the Champ de Mars in 1783.

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Latest information about Jacques Charles updated on April 19, 2021.

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