Antoine Augustin Cournot( 28 August 1801 - 31 March 1877 )
Antoine Augustin Cournot was a French philosopher and mathematician who also contributed to the development of economics theory.
Antoine Augustin Cournot was born at Gray, >Haute-Saône. In 1821 he entered one of the most prestigious Grande École, the ">École Normale Supérieure, and, according to Sandmo:
in 1823 he took a license degree in mathematics at Sorbonne University. He then became the private secretary of a field marshal who required assistance in writing his memoirs. This position does not leave Cournot with considerable time for his own pursuits, for in the course of his ten years in the field marshal's employment he took two doctoral degrees, one in mechanics and one in astronomy. In addition, he published a number of articles and even acquired a degree in law.