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René-Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur
René-Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur

French scientist, elected to Académie Royale des Sciences of Paris in 1708. Published the results of his studies on iron and steel in 1722. His best-known invention was the alcohol thermometer that bears his name. Excellent biologist, author of a fundamental six-volume work on insects (Mémoires pour servir à l'histoire des insectes, 1734-42).