Pierre François André Méchain
(August 16, 1744 - September 20, 1804)
Born in Laon, France.
Pierre Méchain was honored by the astronomical community by naming
an asteroid after him. Asteroid (21785) Méchain was discovered
by Milos Tichý at Kle on September 21, 1999, and provisionally
designated 1999 SS2.
More detailed biography of
Pierre Méchain's letter to
Bernoulli of May 6, 1783
- Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre, 1827.
Histoire de l'Astronomie au dix-huitièmme siècle
[History of Astronomy in the Eighteenth Century].
Bachelier (Successor of Mme. Ve. Courcier), Paris.
P. xxxix, 755-767.
- Kenneth Glyn Jones, 1969.
The Search for the Nebulae -- IX.
Journal of the British Astronomical Association, Vol. 79, No. 6 (1969),
p. 450-459. Section on Méchain: p. 452 and 459.
Reprinted in: The Search for the Nebulae. Chalfont St. Giles, 1975.
- Kenneth Glyn Jones, 1991.
Messier's Nebulae and Star Clusters. 2nd ed, Cambridge University Press,
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