Category:Melchisédech Thévenot

Melchisédech Thévenot (1620–1692) Link back to Creator infobox template wikidata:Q956547 s:en:Author:Melchisédech Thévenot
Alternative names Melchisédec Thévenot

French cartographer, author, scientist and diplomat

Date of birth/death 1620s 1692
Location of birth/death Issy-les-Moulineaux
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Melchisédech (or Melchisédec) Thévenot (c. 1620–1692) was a French author, scientist, traveler, cartographer, orientalist, inventor, and diplomat. He was the inventor of the spirit level and is also famous for his popular 1696 book The Art of Swimming, one of the first books on the subject and widely read during the 18th century (Benjamin Franklin, an avid swimmer in his youth, is known to have read it). The book popularized the breaststroke (see History of swimming). He also influenced the founding of the Académie Royale des Sciences (the French Academy of Sciences).