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The New International Encyclopædia/Beautemps-Beaupré, Charles François

BEAUTEMPS-BEAUPRÉ, bō̇-täN′ bō̇prā̇′, Charles François (1766-1854). A distinguished French hydrographer, born at Neuville-au-Pont. He accompanied the expedition sent in search of La Pérouse in 1791, and made valuable charts of many of the places visited then and subsequently, when he was employed in all the important hydrographic labors undertaken during the Empire and the Restoration. The perfection of his work earned him the name of ‘the father of hydrography.’ He was elected a member of the Academy of Sciences in 1810, and was appointed chief hydrographer and keeper of the dépôt of marine and the colonies in 1814.