**Legendre, Adrien Marie**, brilliant French mathematician, contemporary
of Lagrange and Laplace, born at Toulouse; obtained the professorship of
Mathematics in the Military School at Paris, and was elected to the
Academy of Sciences in 1783; he was one of the commissioners to determine
the length of the metre, and held many posts under the Republic and the
Empire; among many works his best known is the “Elements of Geometry”
(1794), translated into English by Carlyle (1752‒1833).

Definition taken from
*The Nuttall Encyclopædia*,
edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

Legendre, Adrien Marie