Jean Rodolphe Perronet (Feronet)
engineer and architect; b. October 8, 1708 (at Suresnes, France); d. February 20, 1794.
He was educated as a military engineer, but abandoned this profession for architecture. In 1745 he rebuilt the choir and spire of the cathedral of Alençon (France), which had been destroyed by fire in 1744. In 1747 he was made director of the École des Fonts et Chaussées, Paris, founded in that year. In 1748 he began with Hippeau the great bridge at Orleans, France. In 1763 he replaced Hippeau at his death as premier ingénieur du roi. He designed the bridge at Nantes in 1764, the bridge at Nogent-sur-Seine in 1766, the bridge at Neuilly (Paris) in 1768, and the Pont Louis XVI (now Pont de la Concorde) in 1786. Perronet held the office of inspecteur général et premier ingénieur des ponts et chaussees du royaume. He published Description des projets de la construction des ponts de Neuilly, de Nantes, d'Orleans et autres, etc. (Paris, 1782- 1783, 2 vols. folio; supplement, 1 vol. folio, Paris, 1789.)
1733-1745 St. Sulpice Paris