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AMPERE, André Marie (1775-1836). French scientist.
Autograph Letter Signed, in French, to the Abbé de Régel, Rector of the Academy at Cahors, 2 pages 4to with address leaf, Paris, 10 September 1816. Recommending Antoine Fargeaud, a young 'skilled teacher of physics'.
Fargeaud is introduced as a near relation of Monsieur Gay-Lussac, ('This name by itself will explain my great interest'). Gay-Lussac (Joseph Louis, 1778-1850) was at the time of this letter the Professor of Chemistry at the Êcole Polytechnique (where Ampère was at this time revising the mathematical and mechanical curriculum); he had established with von Humboldt the composition of water by volume, leading to his famous law of volumes. Ampère explains that Fargeaud has been appointed the regent [head of department] of the college at Auch.
'... The friendship you have shown me leads me to hope you will omit nothing that may be of advantage to this interesting young man. I am very happy to have been able to help in securing him this place. I would be even happier if I could have the same success in a project of double interest - for you, Rector, and for my native town. What joy it would give me to provide my native region's public education with a Head such as Monsieur l'Abbé de Régel! ... '
With a full translation.
[No: 5392]

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