Jaucourt

1993 OZ4. Discovered 1993 July 20 by E. W. Elst at La Silla.

Named in memory of the French writer Chevalier Louis de Jaucourt (1704-1779), who studied theology at Geneva and medicine at Cambridge and Leiden. He came into contact with the Encyclopedists and wrote for the Encyclopedie articles on physiology, chemistry, botany, pathology, history and politics. Diderot {see planet (5351)} expressed his great esteem for de Jaucourt in a letter to Sophie Volland, remarking on his prodigious labors, often reading, dictating to six or seven secretaries for thirteen or fourteen hours each day, and on his great unhappiness when the work neared completion. (M 27463)

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