Mariotte, Edme

Mariotte, Edme

▪ French physicist
born c. 1620, Dijon, Fr.
died May 12, 1684, Paris

      French physicist and plant physiologist who, independent of Robert Boyle, discovered the law that states that the volume of a gas varies inversely with its pressure. Although widely known as Boyle's law, this basic tenet of physics and chemistry is called Mariotte's law in France.

      Mariotte, a Roman Catholic priest and prior of Saint-Martin-sous-Beaune, was in 1666 one of the founding members of the Academy of Sciences, in Paris. In his Discours de la nature de l'air (1676; “Discourse on the Nature of Air”), in which he coined the word barometer, Mariotte stated Boyle's law and went further by noting that the law holds only if there is no change in temperature.

      From his studies of plants, he concluded that they synthesize materials by chemical processes that vary from plant to plant—a theory verified long after his time. He also observed the pressure of sap in plants and compared it to blood pressure in animals. The first volume of the Histoire et mémoires de l'Acamie (1733; “History and Memoirs of the Academy”) contains many papers by him on such subjects as the motion of fluids, the nature of colour, and the notes of the trumpet.

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