Abbé Jean Paul Bignon was a French ecclesiastic, statesman, writer and preacher and librarian to Louis XIV of France. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1734.
In 1693 he was made commendatory abbot of Saint-Quentin-en-l’Isle and preacher to King Louis; he was also appointed to succeed to Seat 20 in the French Academy. He was charged by the minister Colbert to head the Bignon Commission, which investigated the feasibility and then began the compilation of a guide to French artistic and industrial processes, published in the following century as the Descriptions of the Arts and Trades.
de Chammorel to Sloane, 1731-04-28, Sloane MS 4051, f. 226, British Library, London.
Jean-Paul Bignon, Wikipedia, [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Paul_Bignon, accessed 21/08/17]
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