Worked as a military engineer in Martinique and France; rose to the rank of lieutenant- colonel. Chevalier de Saint-Louis. Member of the Académie des sciences (1774); adjoint mécanicien (1781), associé mécanicien (1784). Founded the science of electrostatics. Best known for positing Coulomb’s law, which is used to calculate the force between electrical charges.
Educated at the military engineering college in Mézières.