Pioneers in Optics: Leonhard Euler and Étienne-Louis Malus

  title={Pioneers in Optics: Leonhard Euler and {\'E}tienne-Louis Malus},
  author={Michael W. Davidson},
  journal={Microscopy Today},
  pages={52 - 54}
Leonhard Euler is best known as a prolific mathematician, but he also made notable contributions in optics and astronomy. He was born in Basel, Switzerland on April 15, 1707, the son of Paul Euler, a Protestant minister, and Margaret Brucker, the daughter of a Protestant minister. Accordingly, Leonhard Euler was raised to follow suit and join the ministry, but his father had sparked his interest in mathematics at a young age, and this interest was further cultivated at the University of Basel… Expand