Mathematician:Nicolaus II Bernoulli

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Swiss mathematician who worked mostly on curves, differential equations and probability theory. He also contributed to fluid dynamics.

Studied as a lawyer, and became involved in the priority dispute between Newton and Leibniz, and also the one between Johann Bernoulli and Brook Taylor.

Posed the problem of reciprocal orthogonal trajectories in $1720$.

Son of Johann Bernoulli and the elder brother of Daniel Bernoulli and Johann II Bernoulli.




  • Born: 6 Feb 1695, Basel, Switzerland
  • 1708: Studied mathematics and law at the University of Basel
  • 1711: Received Master's of Philosophy degree
  • 1715: Received a Doctorate in Law
  • 1716 - 17: Private tutor in Venice
  • 1719: Took the Chair in Mathematics at the University of Padua
  • 1723: Law professor at the Berner Oberen Schule
  • 1725: Together with his brother Daniel Bernoulli, invited by Peter the Great to the newly founded St. Petersburg Academy
  • Died: 31 July 1726, St Petersburg, Russia

He was succeeded at St. Petersburg Academy in 1727 by Leonhard Euler, who had been recommended by the Bernoulli brothers.

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1937: Eric Temple Bell: Men of Mathematics refers to Nicolaus II Bernoulli as Nicolaus III Bernoulli, which appears to arise from a confusion between Nicolaus Bernoulli (1662 – 1716) and Nicolaus II Bernoulli (1695 – 1726).