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Coriolis, Gustave-Gaspard



Mathematician and engineer, born in Paris, France. He was assistant professor of analysis and mechanics at the Ecole Polytechnique, Paris (1816--38). In his first major book, Du calcul de l'effet des machines (1829, On the Calculation of Mechanical Action), he attempted to adapt theoretical principles to applied mechanics. He was the first to describe the inertial force known as the Coriolis force, of major significance in the study of meteorology, ballistics, and oceanography.

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