Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Hockey, Virginia Trimble, Thomas R. Williams, Katherine Bracher, Richard A. Jarrell, Jordan D. MarchéII, JoAnn Palmeri, Daniel W. E. Green

Dionis du Séjour, Achille-Pierre

  • Thomas HockeyEmail author
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BornParis, France, 11 January 1734

DiedVernou near Fortainebleau, France, 22 August 1794

French mathematician-statesman Achille-Pierre Dionis du Séjour calculated that despite contemporary fears to the contrary the odds of a comet striking the Earth are very low.

Selected Reference

  1. Chapman, Clark R. and David Morrison (1989). Cosmic Catastrophies. New York: Plenum Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth ScienceUniversity of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA