Ampère, Jean Jacques

BORN 12 Aug 1800, Lyon - DIED 27 Mar 1864, Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière de Montmartre, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 30)

Jean Jacques Ampère was the only son of the fampous physicist Jean Jacques Ampère and his first wife. His mother died when he was still young and he lived with his father in Paris. He attented piublic courses and the Sourbonne and at the Collège de France. In 1825 he travelled to Switzerland on foot with the botanist Adrien de Jussieu. In 1826 he went to Bonn, where he attended lectures by Barthold Nieburr. In Weimar he was received warmly by Goethe and he stayed there for a while. In Berlin Alexander von Humboldt introduced him to Schleiermacher and Hegel.

He travelled to Sweden and Norway and in 1830 he was engaged at the Athénée de Marseille to teach literature. He taught Scandinavian and German poetry and his first lecture was published as "De l'Histoire de la poésie" (1830). His next station was Paris, where he taught at the Sorbonne and obtained a professorship at the Collège de France.

In 1841 he travelled to northern Africa and together with Prosper Mérimée, Jean de Witte and Charles Lenormant he visited Greece and Italy. In 1848 he became a member of the Académie française. In 1851 he travelled to America. He published his "L'Histoire romaine à Rome" between 1861 and 1864. In 1864 he died at Pau.

• Father: Ampère, André Marie

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The grave of André Ampère at the Montmartre cemetery, Paris.
Picture by Androom (08 Mar 1995)


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Published: 17 Nov 2023
Last update: 17 Nov 2023