Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon

Mathematician, Academic

1707 – 1788

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Who was Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon?

Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon was a French naturalist, mathematician, cosmologist, and encyclopedic author.

His works influenced the next two generations of naturalists, including Jean-Baptiste Lamarck and Georges Cuvier. Buffon published thirty-six quarto volumes of his Histoire naturelle during his lifetime; with additional volumes based on his notes and further research being published in the two decades following his death.

It has been said that "Truly, Buffon was the father of all thought in natural history in the second half of the 18th century".

Buffon held the position of intendant at the Jardin du Roi, now called the Jardin des Plantes; it is the French equivalent of Kew Gardens.

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Born
Sep 7, 1707
Montbard
Also known as
  • Georges Louis Leclerc Buffon
Children
Nationality
  • France
Profession
Education
  • University of Angers
Lived in
  • Burgundy
Died
Apr 16, 1788
Paris

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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