An Update of the Paper, ‘On known and less known relations of Leonhard Euler with Poland’ (DOI: 10.4467/23921749SHS.16.005.6148)




J.A. Euler, M. Poczobutt-Odlanicki, A.J. Lexell, comets


In this note we publish a short letter from Leonhard Euler’s son, Johann Albrecht Euler, the Secretary of the Imperial Academy in St. Petersburg, to Marcin Poczobutt-Odlanicki, the Vilnius astronomer. The fate of this letter seemed unknown, but we know its content now. The main news in this correspondence was the discovery of a comet by the astronomer Anders Johan Lexell.

Author Biographies

Veronika Girininkaitė, Vilnius University


Andreas Kleinert, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg ,Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg


Roman Sznajder, Bowie State University



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Sznajder, Roman 2016: On known and less known relations of Leonhard Euler with Poland. Studia Historiae Scientiarum 15, pp. 75–110. DOI: 10.4467/23921749SHS.16.005.6148.




How to Cite

Girininkaitė, V., Kleinert, A., & Sznajder, R. . (2023). An Update of the Paper, ‘On known and less known relations of Leonhard Euler with Poland’ (DOI: 10.4467/23921749SHS.16.005.6148). Studia Historiae Scientiarum, 22.