The Fall (1870–1872)

  • James Lequeux
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 397)


Despite the good will of the Emperor, of whom Le Verrier was one of the most loyal supporters, the ravages inflicted on the Observatory by his difficult character could not be overlooked by the authorities. The situation became insupportable over the years, and the abscess would finally burst in 1868, leading, 2 years later, to the Dictator’s dismissal – an extraordinary event occurring at a period when elites generally flourished with impunity. Here’s how it all came about.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James Lequeux
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  1. 1.Paris ObservatoryParisFrance

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