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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 1,055,993 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 67 in 2019). Georges Cuvier is the 17th most popular biologist (down from 15th in 2019), the 256th most popular biography from France (down from 233rd in 2019) and the 3rd 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 17 out of 841Before him are Karl Landsteiner, Konrad Lorenz, Rosalind Franklin, Thomas Hunt Morgan, Alfred Russel Wallace, and Richard Dawkins. After him are Francis Crick, Robert Brown, Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, Thomas Henry Huxley, Maria Sibylla Merian, and Rachel Carson.

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Among people born in 1769, Georges Cuvier ranks 4Before him are Napoleon, Alexander von Humboldt, and Muhammad Ali of Egypt. After him are Michel Ney, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, Jean Lannes, Jean-de-Dieu Soult, Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Ivan Krylov, André-Jacques Garnerin, and William Smith. Among people deceased in 1832, Georges Cuvier ranks 8Before him are Napoleon II, Jean-François Champollion, Jeremy Bentham, Walter Scott, Évariste Galois, and Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot. After him are Jean-Baptiste Say, Muzio Clementi, Rasmus Rask, Princess Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt, Friedrich Kuhlau, and Maria Theresa of Austria-Este, Queen of Sardinia.

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In France

Among people born in France, Georges Cuvier ranks 256 out of 6,011Before him are Pierre Corneille (1606), Charles de Batz de Castelmore d'Artagnan (1611), Charles I of Anjou (1226), Vincent de Paul (1581), Charles the Simple (879), and Joseph Fouché (1759). After him are Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732), Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac (1778), Olympe de Gouges (1748), Berthe Morisot (1841), Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684), and Arsène Wenger (1949).

Among BIOLOGISTS In France

Among biologists born in France, Georges Cuvier ranks 3Before him are Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (1744) and Luc Montagnier (1932). After him are Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707), Charles Richet (1850), Françoise Barré-Sinoussi (1947), René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur (1683), Adelbert von Chamisso (1781), Jean-Henri Fabre (1823), François Jacob (1920), Roger Guillemin (1924), and Antoine Laurent de Jussieu (1748).