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François Felix Tisserand

Nature volume 54, page 628 | Download Citation



IT is impossible that we should have learnt the death of an astronomer so eminent as M. Tisserand, the Director of the Paris Observatory, without feelings of the deepest regret, yet its terrible suddenness lends an added note of pathos to the melancholy event. From the report of the Paris correspondent of the Times, it appears that on the evening of Monday, October 19, M. Tisserand was present at the dinner celebrating the signing of the marriage contract of the son of the late Admiral Mouchez. On the following morning, apparently without the slightest warning, M. Tisserand expired, the cause of death being congestion of the brain. Astronomy, not only in France, but wherever the science is studied, has thus sustained a tremendous and irreparable loss, and especially will sympathy be extended to the members of the staff of the Paris Observatory, who, twice within a few years, have been deprived of their chief.

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