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Lambert Alphonse Jacques, 1796-1857. Belgian astronomer and mathematician.
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In the 1830s, pioneering sociologists Auguste Comte and Adolphe Quetelet began to explore the idea of social physics.
They searched for a way to measure excess fat and hit upon a simple formula developed in 1832 by a Belgian statistician, mathematician, and astronomer named Adolphe Quetelet: Simply divide a person's weight by the square of his height.
First named after the Belgian astronomer, mathematician, and statistician Adolphe Quetelet, who demonstrated in 1835 how adult weight normally increases in proportion to height squared, the index provides a measure of body weight, independent of stature, allowing us to compare the weight of short and tall people.
These concepts are part of a statistical and quantitative positivism, injected into scientific thought by Adolphe Quetelet and Francis Galton, which privileges only the observable and quantifiable.
Yale University librarian and treasurer Edward Herrick (http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/objects/meteors/3304116.html?page=3&c=y) had come close to being credited as the Western discoverer of the Perseid meteor shower, but was beaten to it by Belgian statistician Adolphe Quetelet, whose reported a great shower of meteors from August 8th to 15th in a report from the Brussels Observatory in 1836.
She was interested in the use of statistics in social science pioneered by Adolphe Quetelet. During the Crimean War, the death rate was higher in the hospital at Scutari than on the battlefield.
Adolphe Quetelet (1796-1874) was among the first who attempted to apply these to social science (Beirne, 1987).
THE Belgian mathematician Adolphe Quetelet developed the Body Mass Index between 1830 and 1850.