Pierre Étienne Louis Dumont

Étienne Dumont

1759 (Geneva) – 1829 (Milan)

Dumont met Bentham while living in London, became his disciple, and for two decades edited his works (making them more readable) and translated them into French, ensuring their much wider reception and influence. Between them, Dumont and Mill were indispensible allies to Bentham. De la Rive and de Candolle were well-known members of the Geneva scientific establishment; Edgeworth, a friend of Dumont’s, recounted dining with all three while visiting the city. She described him as very fat and with monstrous eyebrows, felt sure love had passed him by, and said he loved Bentham and Mont Blanc above all.

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