Rossignol, Jean Joseph

Rossignol, Jean Joseph, a French Jesuit, was born at Pisse, among the Upper Alps, July 3, 1726. He joined the Order of St. Ignatius in 1742, and taught philosophy at Embrun, near Marseilles. In 1761 he went to Wilna, Poland, and there taught mathematics and astronomy, and constructed the observatory of the city. In 1764 he took the chair of mathematics in the College of the Nobles at Milan, and here he published his Oeuvres. On the suppression of his order, he settled at Embrun; but on account of the violent opposition which he showed to the civil constitution of the clergy, he was obliged to establish himself at Turin. Here he was maintained by the liberality of count de Melzi, a former pupil. Rossignol died in 1817. His works were numerous, and are said to have exceeded one hundred, but they are very rare. The principal ones are, Theses Generates de Theologie, de Philosophie, de Mathematiqeues (1757): — Theses de Physique, d'Astronomie, et d'Histoire Naturelle (1759): — Vues Philosophiques sur Eucharistie (Embrun, 1776). See Feuille Hebdomadaire de Turin.

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