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Some now claim that I was "the most tireless pursuer of a proof of the parallel postulate."

Raised as part of a well-to-do family in France, I eventually was on the math faculty at Ecole Militaire along with Laplace.

My mathematical achievements were always viewed as solid, but not up to the standards of my contemporaries Laplace and Lagrange.

My revision of Euclid's Elements became one of the best selling geometry texts, despite its reliance on proof by reuctio ad absurdum.

A man of stromng convictions, I refused to vote in favor of a governmental candidate, an act which led to my being deprived of a pension and evental death as a pauper.

Answer: Adrien Marie Legendre (1752-1833)