February 1786 in history

Top 7 most famous people born in February 1786

Feb 2 Jacques Philippe Marie Binet a French mathematician, physicist and astronomer born in Rennes; he died in Paris, France, in 1856. He made significant contributions to number theory, and the mathematical foundations of matrix algebra which would later lead to important contributions by Cayley and others. In his memoir on the theory of the conjugate axis and of the moment of inertia of bodies he enumerated the principle now known as Binet's theorem. He is also recognized as the first to describe the rule for multiplying matrices in 1812, and Binet's formula expressing Fibonacci numbers in closed form is named in his honour, although the same result was known to Abraham de Moivre a century earlier
Feb 2 Petrus Hofman Peerlkamp a Dutch classical scholar and critic, descended from a family of French refugees named Perlechamp, was born at Groningen.
Feb 16 Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia (1786–1859) the third daughter of Paul I of Russia and Sophie Dorothea of Württemberg. She was the Grand Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach by her marriage to Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Feb 22 Harriette Wilson a celebrated British Regency courtesan, whose clients included the Prince of Wales, the Lord Chancellor and four future Prime Ministers.
Feb 24 Wilhelm Grimm a German author, the younger of the Brothers Grimm.
Feb 24 Martin W. Bates a lawyer and politician from Dover, in Kent County, Delaware. He was a member of the Federalist Party, and then the Democratic Party, who served in the Delaware General Assembly and as U.S. Senator from Delaware
Feb 26 François Arago a French mathematician, physicist, astronomer, freemason, supporter of the carbonari and politician.

Died in February 1786

Feb 11 Hugh Percy 1st Duke of Northumberland an English peer, landowner, and art patron.
Feb 28 John Gwynn an English architect and civil engineer, who became one of the founder members of the Royal Academy in 1768. He advocated greater control over planning in London, for which he produced detailed suggestions. His buildings include Magdalen Bridge and the Covered Market in Oxford, and several bridges over the River Severn