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Paul Gervais

Paul Gervais
Born September 26, 1816
Paris
Died February 10, 1879
Nationality French
Fields palaeontology
entomology
Institutions Sorbonne
Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle

Paul Gervais full name François Louis Paul Gervaise (September 26, 1816 - February 10, 1879) was a French palaeontologist and entomologist.

Gervais was born at Paris, where he obtained the diplomas of doctor of science and of medicine, and in 1835 he began palaeontological research as assistant in the laboratory of comparative anatomy at the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle . In 1841 he obtained the chair of zoology and comparative anatomy at the Faculty of Sciences in Montpellier, of which he was in 1856 appointed dean. In 1848-1852 appeared his important work Zoologie et paléontologie françaises, supplementary to the palaeontological publications of Georges Cuvier and Henri Marie Ducrotay de Blainville; of this a second and greatly improved edition was issued in 1859. In 1865 he accepted the professorship of zoology at the Sorbonne, vacant through the death of Louis Pierre Gratiolet; this post he left in 1868 for the chair of comparative anatomy at the Paris museum of natural history, the anatomical collections of which were greatly enriched by his exertions.

He also wrote Histoire naturelle des insectes (4 vols., 1836-1847) with Charles Athanase Walckenaer) ; Histoire naturelle des Mammifères (1853); Zoologie médicale (1859, with Pierre-Joseph van Beneden); Recherches sur l'ancienneté de l'homme et la période quaternaire (1867) ; Zoologie et Paléontologie générales (1867); Ostéographie des cétacés vivants et fossiles (1869, &c., with van Beneden).

Works

  • with Charles Athanase Walckenaer Histoire naturelle des insectes (4 vols., 1836-1847)
  • Zoologie et paléontologie françaises (1848-1852)
  • Histoire naturelle des Mammifères (1853)
  • Zoologie médicale (1859), mit Pierre-Joseph van Beneden
  • Recherches sur l'ancienneté de l'homme et la période quaternaire (1867)
  • Zoologie et Paléontologie générales (1867)
  • Ostéographie des cétacés vivants et fossiles (1869), mit Pierre-Joseph van Beneden

References

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1911 encyclopedia

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From LoveToKnow 1911

PAUL GERVAIS (1816-1879), French palaeontologist, was born on the 26th of September 1816 at Paris, where he obtained the diplomas of doctor of science and of medicine, and in 1835 he began palaeontological research as assistant in the laboratory of comparative anatomy at the Museum of Natural History. In 1841 he obtained the chair of zoology and comparative anatomy at the Faculty of Sciences in Montpellier, of which he was in 1856 appointed dean. In1848-1852appeared his important work Zoologie et paleontologie franraises, supplementary to the palaeontological publications of G. Cuvier and H. M. D. de Blainville; of this a second and greatly improved edition was issued in 1859. In 1865 he accepted the professorship of zoology at the Sorbonne, vacant through the death of L. P. Gratiolet; this post he left in 1868 for the chair of comparative anatomy at the Paris museum of natural history, the anatomical collections of which were greatly enriched by his exertions. He died in Paris on the 10th of February 1879.

He also wrote Histoire naturelle des mammiferes (1853, &c.); Zoologie medicale (1859, with P. J. van Beneden); Recherches sur l'anciennete de l'homme et la periode quaternaire, 19 pl. (1867); Zoologie et paleontologie generales (1867); Osteographie des cetaces (1869, &c., with van Beneden).


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(1816 - 1879)
a French palaeontologist.


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