Jean Montucla had a varied career as a historian of mathematics, secretary and astronomer on an expedition to Cayenne, a government functionary, and even the royal censor of mathematical works. As J. J. O'Connor and E. F. Robertson wrote in a short biography, he "greatly enlarged and improved a book written by Jacques Ozanam on mathematical puzzles and recreations. His work was influential in popularising geometric dissection problems." Below is a portrait of Montucla that was supplied with their article.
The portrait of Montucla is from the St. Andrews website.
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