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Louis Albert Necker de Saussure H FRSE
FRSE
MWS FGS (April 10, 1786 – November 20, 1861) was a Swiss crystallographer and geographer.[1]

Necker cube
Necker cube
on the left, impossible cube on the right.

He is best remembered for devising the optical illusion now known as the Necker cube.[2] Life[edit] He was born in Geneva
Geneva
the son of the botanist Professor Jacques Necker, nephew and namesake of statesman Jacques Necker, and Albertine Necker de Saussure.[3][4][5] He was educated in Geneva
Geneva
then sent to Scotland to Edinburgh University to study Sciences 1806 to 1808. He returned to Scotland in 1841 and settled on the Isle of Skye, lodging with the Cameron family at Bosville Terrace in Portree. His scientific interests turned to astronomy and a study of the aurora borealis. In 1843 and 1845 he was joined by his friend James Forbes a glaciologist. Together they made the first accurate map of the Cuillins.[6] He spent his later life mountaineering and collecting ornithological specimens. He died in Portree
Portree
on 20 November 1861.[7] He is buried next to the cameron family in Portree
Portree
churchyard.[8] Works[edit]

Mémoire sur les oiseaux des environs de Genève, Genève : Chez J.J. Paschoud, 1823. OCLC 12072634 Voyage en Écosse et aux Iles Hébrides. Genève, Paris, J.J. Paschoud, 1821. OCLC 3759700 Memoire sur la vallée de Valorsine, Genève : J. Barbezat et comp., 1828. OCLC 30521860 Mémoire sur le Mont Somma. Genève. : Barbezat et Delarue. 1828. OCLC 68706185 Le règne minéral ramené aux méthodes de l'histoire naturelle, Paris : Levrault, 1835. OCLC 8739030 Études géologiques dans les Alpes, Paris : Pitois : Langlois et Leclercq ; Strasbourg : Levrault, 1841. OCLC 77840885

References[edit]

^ Forbes J D,1863. Biographical account of Professor Louis Albert Necker, of Geneva, Honorary Member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Proc Royal Soc Edinburgh, 5: 53-76. ^ Wade N J, Campbell R N, Ross H E, Lingelbach B, 2010. Necker in Scotch perspective.' 'Perception, 39: 1-4. ^ BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF FORMER FELLOWS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF EDINBURGH 1783 – 2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.  ^ http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/necker-louis-albertknown-necker-de-saussure ^ Joseph, John E. Saussure (1st ed.). Oxford, U.K: Oxford University Press. p. 33. ISBN 9780199695652.  ^ http://neuroportraits.eu/portrait/louis-albert-necker ^ Mitchell J R, 2002. On the trail of Necker, from Geneva
Geneva
to Portree. West Highland Free Press, 12th July, p. 15. ^ http://neuroportraits.eu/portrait/louis-albert-necker

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 59523649 LCCN: nr98020416 ISNI: 0000 0000 7998 3548 GND: 104364440 SUDOC: 12

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