Petit was born in Montluçon. He succeeded his father in his municipal office (Contrôleur de l'élection), but went to Paris in 1633 to dedicate himself to the sciences. He was a member of the circle around Marin Mersenne, and knew Etienne Pascal, Blaise Pascal, and René Descartes. Later he was a member of the Academy of Montmor. On 4 April 1667 he became a fellow of The Royal Society.
He died in Lagny-sur-Marne in 1677.
|Library resources about |
Pierre Petit (engineer)
|By Pierre Petit (engineer)|