Though both a mathematician and a physicist, I was Jesuit-educated and a Friar in the Order of Minims.
To help spread the work of scientific scholars around Paris, I used my monastery as both a meeting place and a scientific clearinghouse.
A major part of my legacy was my correspondence with notables such as Fermat in France, Huygens in Holland, Pell and Hobbes in England, and Galileo and Torricelli in Italy.
My name is usually connected with an old problem in number theory, that of finding all perfect numbers.
I dabbled in other math areas such as the mathematics of the cycloid, permutations and combinations, the mathematics of musical composition, and Galileo's mathematical law of falling bodies.
Marin Mersenne (1588-1648)