Georges Cuvier

1769 - 1832

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Jean Léopold Nicolas Frédéric, Baron Cuvier (23 August 1769 – 13 May 1832), known as Georges Cuvier (French: [ʒɔʁʒ kyvje]), was a French naturalist and zoologist, sometimes referred to as the "founding father of paleontology". Cuvier was a major figure in natural sciences research in the early 19th century and was instrumental in establishing the fields of comparative anatomy and paleontology through his work in comparing living animals with fossils. Cuvier's work is considered the foundation of vertebrate paleontology, and he expanded Linnaean taxonomy by grouping classes into phyla and incorporating both fossils and living species into the classification. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Georges Cuvier has received more than 1,179,801 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 66 in 2019). Georges Cuvier is the 10th most popular biologist (up from 17th in 2019), the 197th most popular biography from France (up from 256th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular French Biologist.

Georges Cuvier was a French biologist and zoologist. He is most famous for his work in comparative anatomy and paleontology. He is credited with being the father of comparative anatomy.

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Among biologists, Georges Cuvier ranks 10 out of 1,097Before him are Alexander Fleming, Ivan Pavlov, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, Ernst Haeckel, and Konrad Lorenz. After him are Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, Karl Landsteiner, Alfred Russel Wallace, Francis Crick, and Thomas Hunt Morgan.

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Among people born in 1769, Georges Cuvier ranks 5Before him are Napoleon, Alexander von Humboldt, Muhammad Ali of Egypt, and Michel Ney. After him are Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, Jean Lannes, Jean-de-Dieu Soult, Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Ivan Krylov, André-Jacques Garnerin, and Thomas Lawrence. Among people deceased in 1832, Georges Cuvier ranks 7Before him are Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Napoleon II, Jean-François Champollion, Évariste Galois, Walter Scott, and Jeremy Bentham. After him are Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot, Jean-Baptiste Say, Muzio Clementi, Rasmus Rask, Friedrich Kuhlau, and Princess Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt.

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In France

Among people born in France, Georges Cuvier ranks 197 out of 6,770Before him are Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796), Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark (1934), Pope Benedict XII (1280), Cyrano de Bergerac (1619), Nicolas Flamel (1330), and Louis Antoine, Duke of Angoulême (1775). After him are Pope Gregory XI (1370), Erik Satie (1866), Guy of Lusignan (1150), Charles the Bold (1433), François Truffaut (1932), and Alexis de Tocqueville (1805).

Among BIOLOGISTS In France

Among biologists born in France, Georges Cuvier ranks 2Before him are Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (1744). After him are Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707), Luc Montagnier (1932), Charles Richet (1850), Antoine Laurent de Jussieu (1748), Françoise Barré-Sinoussi (1947), René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur (1683), Roger Guillemin (1924), Jean-Henri Fabre (1823), François Jacob (1920), and Adelbert von Chamisso (1781).