Poncelet, Jean Victor

Poncelet, Jean Victor

Poncelet, Jean Victor, 1788-1867, French mathematician and army engineer. He taught at the school of mechanics at Metz and at the Faculté des Sciences and the École Polytechnique, both in Paris. While a prisoner of war (1813-14) in Russia during Napoleon I's campaign, he evolved the foundations of the modern form of projective geometry and incorporated his results in Traité des propriétés projectives des figures (1822; 2d ed., 2 vol., 1865-66).
The Général-Jean-Victor-Allard Building also known as the Megaplex, Megastructure or Mega (most usual), is located in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. It is operated by the Canadian Forces.

The building is named for General Jean Victor Allard, the first French-Canadian to become a Chief of the Defence Staff, the highest position in the Canadian Forces. He was also the first to hold the accompanying rank of (full, four-leaf) general.

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