Ferdinand Quénisset

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Ferdinand Jules Quénisset
Born (1872-08-08)August 8, 1872
Paris, France
Died April 8, 1951(1951-04-08) (aged 78)
Juvisy-sur-Orge, France
Nationality French
Occupation Astronomer
Years active 1891-1947
Known for Astronomical photographs, Discovery of comets
Notable work Annuaire astronomique et météorologique Camille Flammarion

Ferdinand Jules Quénisset (1872–1951) was a French astronomer who specialized in astrophotography.


Early life and career[edit]

Quénisset was born on 8 August 1872 in Paris, the son of Gatien Jules Quénisset, an assistant director of the Administration des Monnaies et Médailles in Paris, and Juliette Antonia Mallard, a dressmaker.[1][2]

He became a member of the Société astronomique de France in 1890, after becoming interested in astronomy by reading Camille Flammarion‘s books.[3] From 1891-1894, Quénisset served as member of the society’s council as assistant librarian in the society’s headquarters, which at the time was located at 28 rue Serpente in the 6th arrondissement of Paris.[4]

Quénisset worked as an observer at Flammarion’s observatory in Juvisy-sur-Orge from 1891-1893, during which time he discovered a comet, he was forced to abandon astronomy for a dozen years while he performed his military service, but then returned to Juvisy in 1906 to resume his post at the observatory (he succeeded Eugène Antoniadi, who had left Juvisy in 1902).[5]

Quénisset worked at the Juvisy observatory for the remainder of his career until 1947, when his health obliged him to quit.[6]

He was a member of the International Astronomical Union and participated in Commissions 15 (Physical Study of Comets & Minor Planets) and 16 (Physical Study of Planets & Satellites).[7]

Quénisset died on 8 April 1951 and is buried in the new cemetery of Juvisy.[8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Archives nationales, Base Leonore, Cote 19800035/1234/42381
  2. ^ L'Astronomie 1951, vol. 65, p. 357.
  3. ^ Bulletin de la Société Astronomique de France 1896, p. 435.
  4. ^ L'Astronomie 1894, pp. 10-12.
  5. ^ L'Astronomie 1951, vol. 65, p. 356.
  6. ^ P. Véron, dictionnaire des astronomes français 1850-1950, www.obs-hp.fr/dictionnaire/
  7. ^ L'Astronomie 1951, vol. 65, p. 360.
  8. ^ L'Astronomie 1951, vol. 65, p. 357.
  9. ^ Comptes-Rendus des séances de l’Académie des Sciences de Paris, 10 Juillet 1893.
  10. ^ L'Astronomie 1951, vol. 65, p. 359.
  11. ^ Comptes-Rendus des séances de l’Académie des Sciences de Paris, Septembre 1911.
  12. ^ Comptes-Rendus des séances de l’Académie des Sciences de Paris, Decembre 1911
  13. ^ Durr, L ; Wehrle, Ph. ; Delcambre. Cours de météorologie à l'usage des candidats au brevet de météorologiste militaire. 2ème Partie, Les Nuages et les Systèmes nuageux: Planches. (Paris : Office national météorologique de France, 1926)
  14. ^ Gerald North. Observing the Solar System: The Modern Astronomer's Guide (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012), p. 186.
  15. ^ Comptes-Rendus des séances de l’Académie des Sciences de Paris, 20 Octobre 1930
  16. ^ (in French) "Prix et Médailles décernés par la Société," L'Astronomie, vol. 81, page 398.
  17. ^ ‘’Bulletin trimestriel’’ of the Société astronomique Flammarion de Genève 1928, p. xxxiii.
  18. ^ "Prix et Médailles décernés par la Société," L'Astronomie 1979, vol. 93, p. 545.
  19. ^ (in French) Ferdinand Quénisset, [[L'Astronomie (magazine)|L'Astronomie]], vol. 65, page 356-360, September 1951.
  20. ^ "Prix et Subventions Attribués en 1934: Prix Valz". Comptes Rendus Hebdomadaires des Séances de l'Académie des Sciences. December 17, 1934. p. 1480. 
  21. ^ (in French) "Prix et Médailles décernés par la Société," L'Astronomie, vol. 81, page 398.
  22. ^ (in French) Prix et Médailles décernés par la Société, L'Astronomie, vol. 80, page 382, 1966.
  23. ^ Bibliothèque nationale de France Gallica catalog entry
  24. ^ WorldCat catalog entry
  25. ^ Bibliothèque nationale de France Gallica catalog entry

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