Alexis Clairaut
died 252 years ago
17th May 1765

In 1743 Alexis Clairaut published Théorie de la figure de la Terre confirming the Newton-Huygens belief that the Earth was flattened at the poles.

Find out more at:
http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Mathematicians/Clairaut.html