Saint-Hilaire, Étienne Geoffrey

ZOOLOGIST, NATURALIST (FRANCE)
BORN 15 Apr 1772, Étampes, Essone - DIED 19 Jun 1844, Paris
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 19, 1ere ligne, S, 28)

Étienne Saint-Hilaire studied at theology at the Collége de Navarre in Paris. He discontinued his studies because of the French Revolution and started studying law instead. In 1793 he was appointed as a demonstrator at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. In the same year the Musée d'Histoire Naturelle was founded and there he became a professor for zoology.

From 1798 to 1801 he was a member of the Egyption expedition of Napoleon. After his return to France he became professor of zoology at the faculty of sciences in Paris. In 1818 he published "Philosophie anatomique". Between 1820 and 1842 he published "Histoire naturelle des mammifères" in seven volumes. He established the principle of "unity of composition".

After he became blind in 1840 he resigned his chair in 1841 and his son Isidore Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire became his successor. He died in Paris in 1844.

Sources
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89tienne_Geoffroy_Saint-Hilaire

Images

The grave of Étienne Saint-Hilaire at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (24 Oct 2014)

 


Saint-Saens, Charles Camille

Published: 18 Dec 2016
Last update: 18 Dec 2016