Coulomb, Charles Augustin de (1736–1806)
In early life Coulomb entered the engineers, and served some time at Martinique. In 1777 he won an Academy prize because of a work on magnetic needles, and again two years later through his Théorie des Machines simples. For speaking the truth about a projected canal in Brittany, he was imprisoned for a while. He lived in retirement during the Revolution and became a member of the Institute in 1804.
The SI unit of charge, the coulomb, is named after him.
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