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Spiru Haret

Spiru Haret (February 15, 1851, Iaşi 17 December 1912) was a Romanian mathematician, astronomer and politician of Armenian descent. He made a fundamental contribution to the n-body problem in celestial mechanics by proving that using a third degree approximation for the disturbing forces implies instability of the major axes of the orbits, and by introducing the concept of secular perturbations in relation to this. As a politician, during his three terms as Minister of Education, Spiru Haret ran deep reforms, building the modern Romanian education system. He was made a full member of the Romanian Academy in 1892.

Spiru Haret also founded the Astronomical observatory in Bucharest, appointing Nicolae Coculescu as its first director. A crater on the Moon was named after him: Haret.

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