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Gabriel Mouton

Gabriel Mouton, born in 1618 in Lyon, France, and passing away in 1694, was a French priest and scientist renowned for his work in mathematics and astronomy. Serving as a priest at St. Paul Church in Lyon, his passion for scientific research positioned him among the leading scientists of his time. One of the most significant contributions of Mouton's scientific career was laying the foundations for the metric system. These efforts earned him great respect in the scientific community.

In 1670, Mouton proposed a measurement system based on the principles of the metric system in his work "Observationes Diametrorum Solis et Lunae apparentium." Mouton's system used a unit of measure based on the length of the Earth's meridian. This unit, called the "mil," later became the basis for the concept of the "meter." Mouton's proposal aimed to standardize measurements and improve the accuracy of scientific measurements. His suggested system significantly contributed to the development of the metric system, which was later adopted during the French Revolution and is still in use today.

Mouton's contributions to the metric system were not just theoretical but also practical. His work paved the way for the universal acceptance and use of measurement units, which was revolutionary for scientific studies and commerce. Gabriel Mouton is remembered as a pivotal figure in modern science and engineering for his emphasis on scientific accuracy and standards. His vision helped humanity eliminate uncertainties in measurements and achieve more reliable scientific data.

General Informations About Speed Metrics

Despite the Speed Measurement is a pretty modern fact, there is almost no information about whom invented that metrics.

  • Meter / Second: It's most widely used speed metric and it has triumphing usage on science, transportation, engineering and meteorology.
  • Kilometer / Hour: It's another speed metric that widely used on especially sports, transportation, describing speed of vehicles and on many more topics.
  • Mile / Hour: It's a speed metric that used on united states for defining speed limits.
  • Mach: It's mostly known as sound speed and widely used on aviation, space sciences and fluid mechanics. It founded by an aviation engineer named Jacob Ackeret in 1929 and took it's name from an austrian physicist and philosopher Ernest Mach.
  • Knot: It's a speed metric that used on navigation and aviation.
  • Lightyear: It's the maximum speed that single entity could have in current physic rules on that universe. It mostly used on space sciences.
  • Centimeter / Second: It used for describing the speed of raindrops on meteorology.
  • Kilometer / Minute: It's commonly used for speed definitions on horse races.
  • Mile / Minute: It's used for transportation, manufacturing for some metals and speed measurement of motors.
  • Feet / Second and Yard / Second: It's used on engineering and physics in countries which has british heritage.