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By Alistair MacLean

A biography of the English explorer, navigator, and cartographer who came across Australia, New Zealand, and Hawaii.

Born in obscurity yet gripped by means of a boundless ardour for brand spanking new horizons, James cook dinner had turn into on the time of his demise in 1779 the best blend of seaman, explorer, navigator, and cartographer that the area had ever identified. He nonetheless is. He had pushed himself mercilessly, and his males likewise, and but the surgeon's mate at the 'Resolution' used to be in a position to write: 'In each scenario he stood unrivalled and by myself; on him all eyes have been became; he was once our prime big name, which a its environment left us taken with darkness and despair'.

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From then on, he remained in Montpellier . Among Delile's published works those relating to Egypt are the most famous, but they represent no more than eight titles out of the sixty that Joly counted in 1859 . At first glance the period spent in America seems to have been less fruitful . D . thesis, were produced . The period in Montpellier, which was the longest, was the one in which Delile published the most ; but the works have no definite orientation . There are essays on culture and acclimatization, descriptions of oriental species, and biological observations ; none is without importance, yet none is particularly memorable .

In the field of inorganic chemistry, Delepine immediately adopted Werner's then controversial views, and his numerous studies of coordination compounds, particularly those of the noble metals, confirmed their DELPPINE, STPPHANE-MARCEL (b. -Martinle-Gaillard [Seine Maritime], France, 19 September 1871 ; d. Paris, France, 21 October 1965), chemistry. With his mother's encouragement, Delepine followed in the footsteps of his older brother by studying pharmacy . He received his professional training in Paris, where he studied pharmacy at the Ecole Superieure de Pharmacie and science at the Sorbonne .

He received the newly established Laplace Prize, consisting of the complete works of Laplace, which led to his interest in celestial mechanics . Although Delaunay was by assignment a mining engineer, he served in various engineering schools and at the University of Paris as professor of mechanics, mathematics, or astronomy . His first researches were on calculus of variations ("De la distinction des maxima et des minima dans les questions qui dependent de la methode des variations," 1841, doctor's thesis), on perturbations of Uranus (1842), and on the theory of tides (1844) .

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