Company:Joseph-Aignan Sigaud de Lafond

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Joseph-Aignan Sigaud de Lafond (5 January 1730, Bourges – 26 January 1810, Bourges) was a French obstetrician.

While pursuing a medical career as an obstetrician, he was one of the most faithful attendants of the lectures by the abbot Jean-Antoine Nollet (1700–1770), whom he succeeded, in 1760, in the chair of experimental physics at the Collège Louis le Grand in Paris . In 1795, he became a professor of physics and chemistry at the École Centrale. His treatise Description et usage d'un cabinet de physique (Paris, 1775) is a compendium of the experimental physics of his time.[1][2] He was a student of Jean Antoine Nollet.[3]


  • Pyenson, Lewis, and Jean-François Gauvin. The art of teaching physics: the eighteenth-century demonstration apparatus of Jean Antoine Nollet. Les éditions du Septentrion, 2002.

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