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John Boniot de Mainauduc (c. 1750–1797) by Pierre Condé, pubd 1798 (after Richard Cosway) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mainauduc, John Boniot de [John Boniot Demainauduc] (c. 1750–1797), surgeon and animal magnetizer, was born in Cork, the son of Elias Mainauduc (c.1710–1790), 'one of the greatest mathematicians in Europe', according to the Gentleman's Magazine (60, 1790, 575), but, more probably, a linen draper, of French protestant descent. After a classical education, probably in ...