Every day at 12:00 a shot is fired from a cannon on the Naryshkin Bastion at the Peter and Paul Fortress. In recent years, some of the shots have marked various anniversaries. Yet among many midday shots there was not a single one that would celebrate Joseph-Nicolas Delisle (1688 — 1768) who stood at the origins of this tradition. He was a French astronomer and cartographer. For over twenty years, he worked at St Petersburg Academy of Sciences. He was the first professional astronomer in Russia. The lecture will focus on this remarkable scientist, about whom there are many legends, and who contributed greatly to the development of science in our country.

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