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Голландский селенограф (1600 - май 1675), служил математиком у короля Филиппа IV, жил в Брюсселе. Был военным инженером, занимался постройкой фортификационных сооружений в Брюсселе. Создал в 1628 одну из первых детальных карт Луны, долго остававшуюся лучшей; впоследствии неоднократно издавал карты Луны, составил карту Бельгии. Разрабатывал методы определения долготы по наблюдениям Луны. Наблюдал комету 1652 и опубликовал ее наблюдения. Его имя занесено на карту Луны. АБС.
Langren, Michael Florent van 1. Dates Born: Probably Amsterdam but possibly Mechlin or Antwerp, ca. 1600
Died: Brussels, May 1675
Dateinfo: Birth Uncertain
2. Father Occupation: Engineer Arnold van Langren, the Archducal "spherographer." Whatever that word means, he was something of an astronomer, cartographer, and geographer--in a
word, a scientist, or (as I find) better, engineer. The father received a good income from his position-- affluent appears to
be the proper word.
Career: Belgian Area
Death: Belgian Area
4. Education Schooling: No University He did not attend a university; probably he did not even attend a Latin
5. Religion Affiliation: Catholic. The family moved south from the United Provinces because of religion.
6. Scientific Disciplines
Primary: Astronomy, Hydraulics, Engineering Subordinate: Cartography, Navigation His principal endeavor in astronomy was his effort to determine longitude via the moon. This led him to prepare the first lunar map, and ultimately
maps of the full moon and of thirty phases. He also observed the comet of 1652, and published his observations. He was an active cartographer, preparing maps of various areas in the Spa
nish Netherlands. He was most active as an engineer. He prepared plans for a port near Dunkirk and for improvement of the port of Ostend. He developed a plan to clean the canals of Antwerp, and he devoted extensive effort to means of protecting Brussels from flooding. He also planned canals linking Brussels
with other parts of the Spanish Netherlands. He was also a military engineer, who worked on the fortifications of Brus
sels, and who devised a three barrel cannon. I need to add that nearly all of the plans met opposition and almost none
were put into effect.
7. Means of Support Primary: Patronage Langren was the Royal Cosmographer and Mathematician (to the King of Spain). He received a pension of 1,200 щcus, which was apparently a conside
rable sum. He received continuous separate payments for individual projects. Since his whole career was one prolonged frustration as plan after plan was blocked by opposition, it appears to me that one should treat these payments more
as patronage than as reimbursement for services.
8. Patronage Types: Court Official, Eccesiastic Official Beyond the fundamental relationship with the court, note that first the Archduchess Isabelle and then King Charles IV of Spain encouraged and supported his work on the moon. His lunar map was dedicated to the Archduke
Leopold. His plan for the Fossa Eugeniana, specifically named for the Infanta Isa
belle Claire Eurgenie, netted a reward of 150 livres. Langren's lunar map was an explicit exhibit of the mores of patronage, with the names of prominent figures attached to lunar features. The Infanta Isabelle Claire Eugenie appeared in it three times--a mountain Eugeniae (in a Mare Belgicum), a Mare Eugenianum, and a mountain Isabellae (in the Mare Eugenianum). Innocent X and Louis XIV are there also, along with many others. There was a major mountain name Philippi. See Bosman's article and
Moreau's volume of letters. Langren was very close to the humanist Eryicius Puteanus, who was also a political figure in the court. Puteanus was about a generation his senior, and I see no way to avoid the conclusion that the relation was one of patronage. Note that Putenus also had features of the moon named for him and
his family. He dedicated one of his maps to the Archbishop of Malines.
9. Technological Involvement Types: Navigation, Hydraulics, Civil Engineering, Military Engineering,
Cartography As an astronomer, Langren's primary goal was to develop of method to determine longitude at sea. His method intended to use the illumination and eclipse (i.e., darkening) of lunar mountains, frequent phenomena like the moons of Jupiter, that could be observed from all points of the earth. Langren was primarily an engineer, as the activities above indicate. I am interested in the large number of engineers mentioned in the literature about him; society by that time was crawling with engineers apparently qualified to deal with hydraulic problems and fortifications. And note that he
was tahe grandson, son, and brother of engineers.
10. Scientific Societies Memberships: None Apparently he carried on a considerable correspondence with Boulliau. In the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in Brussels (#19237-8) there is a collection of 233 folios of letters to Langren (though not his replies)--more than half of them the letters of Puteanus published by Moreau.
Sources 1.Biographie nationale, 11, 275-91. 2.Nationaal biografisch woordenboek, 12. 3.G. des Marez, "Notice sur les documents relatifs р Michel-Florent van Langren . . ." Revue des bibliotheques et archives de Belgique, 1 (1903), 371-8 and 2 (1904), 23-31. 4.Erycius Puteanus, Hondred viertien nederlandse briefen aan . . . 5.Langren, with intro. by J. J. Moreau, (Aantwerp, 1957). 6.H. Bosmans, "Le carte lunaire de van Langren," Revue des questions scientifiques, 54 (1903), 108-39.
Not Available and Not Consulted 1.J. Keuning, "The Van Langren Family," Imago mundi, 13 (1956), 101-9. 2.D. Bierens de Haan, "Constantijn Huygens... Michael Florent van Langren..." Verhandlingen der K. akademie van Wetenschappen, ser. 1, 2. no. 1
Compiled by: Richard S. Westfall Department of History and Philosophy of Science Indiana University
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