Jean-François Champollion

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Jean-François Champollion

France 1790 – 1832

Teachers: Antoine Count de Gébelin; Thomas Young;

Students: E. A. Wallis Budge; Ippolito Rosellini;

Frineds: Leopold II, grand-duke of Tuscany; Charles X, King of France;

Organizations: Collège de France

Author: Précis du système hiéroglyphique, 1824; Monuments de l'Égypte et de la Nubie (1845);

Comments: translated the Rosetta stone, 1822; polylinguist, spoke and wrote Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Amharic, Sanskrit, Avestan, Pahlavi, Arabic, Syriac, Chaldean, Persian and Ge'ez in addition to his native French; translated Dendera zodiac, inspired Napoleon;

Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Champollion; http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/champollion_jean.shtml