* 1713 Laugres
† 1784 Paris
Denis Diderot was born in 1713, in Langres, France. He first attended a Jesuit school and went to Paris in 1734, where he devoted himself to humanistic studies. Until 1746, Diderot earned his living as a private tutor, contract writer, and translator. From 1751 until 1780, Diderot worked with 200 colleagues on the 35 volume "Encyclopédie." In 1757, the Conseil du Roi forbid continued work on the encyclopedia. Diderot nevertheless had later volumes printed secretly. Denis Diderot died on July 31, 1784, in Paris.