Tisserand, François Félix

François Félix Tisserand was born on January 13, 1845 at Nuits-Saint-Georges, Côte d’Or. He went to Ecole Normale Superieure in 1863. He received a professorship at the lycee at Metz upon his departure from the Ecole Normale Superieure. He left the lycee after a month to accept a position as an astronome adjoint at the Paris Observatory in September 1866. On August 18, 1868 he went to Malacca to study the solar eclipse. Five years later, in 1873, he became director of the observatory in Toulouse. During this time he published a book called Recueil d’exercices sur le calcul infinitesimal. In 1874, he joined the Académie des Sciences and participated in the French explorations of Japan. He joined the Bureau des Longitudes and accepted a professor’s position at Liouville in 1878. In 1882, he travelled to Martinique to study the movements of Venus. In 1892, he became director of the Paris Observatory and the president of the committee of the photographic chart of the heavens. He also acted as the editor of the Bulletin Astronomique from its first issue until his death. Tisserand died suddenly and unexpectedly on October 20, 1896 at age 51 from congestion of the brain.

Tisserand never ceased working on his personal endeavors, primarily mathematical astronomy. He wrote the Comptes rendus to share his observations in this area. His most notable book is Traité de mécanique céleste which was publish in four sections. The lunar crater Tisserand in named in his honor.