Schofield and inspector of rifle practice, with the rank of captain from 1892.
"Chief Inspector Hercule O'Connor, at your service," he answered, with a bow.
At Dijon his compositions attracted the attention of an inspector, who had him placed (1814) in the normal school, Paris.
His contemporary Domenico Guglielmini (1655-1710), who was inspector of the rivers and canals at Bologna, had ascribed this diminution of velocity in rivers to transverse motions arising from inequalities in their bottom.
In 1861 he became inspector of the Academy of Paris, in 1864 professor of philosophy to the Faculty of Letters, and in 1874 a member of the French Academy.