Georges Cuvier

1769 - 1832

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Jean Léopold Nicolas Frédéric, Baron Cuvier (French: [kyvje]; 23 August 1769 – 13 May 1832), known as Georges Cuvier, 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 820,938 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Georges Cuvier is the 15th most popular biologist (down from 13th in 2019), the 233rd most popular biography from France (down from 210th 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 15 out of 844Before him are Konrad Lorenz, Karl Landsteiner, James Watson, Luc Montagnier, Alfred Russel Wallace, and Peter Kropotkin. After him are Richard Dawkins, Rosalind Franklin, Francis Crick, Thomas Henry Huxley, Thomas Hunt Morgan, and Élie Metchnikoff.

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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, Ivan Krylov, Jean Lannes, Jean-de-Dieu Soult, Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany, André-Jacques Garnerin, and William Smith. Among people deceased in 1832, Georges Cuvier ranks 8Before him are Napoleon II, Jeremy Bentham, Jean-François Champollion, Évariste Galois, Walter Scott, and Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot. After him are Jean-Baptiste Say, Muzio Clementi, Rasmus Rask, Friedrich Kuhlau, Archduchess Marie Caroline of Austria, and Princess Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt.

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In France

Among people born in France, Georges Cuvier ranks 233 out of 5,234Before him are Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot (1796), Philip III of France (1245), Charles XIV John of Sweden (1763), Léon Foucault (1819), Jacques de Molay (1243), and Charles Fourier (1772). After him are Irène Joliot-Curie (1897), Philip V of France (1293), Elisabeth of Valois (1545), Henri Charrière (1906), Françoise-Athénaïs de Rochechouart, Marquise de Montespan (1640), and Oscar I of Sweden (1799).

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 Charles Richet (1850), Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707), Jean-Henri Fabre (1823), René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur (1683), Adelbert von Chamisso (1781), François Jacob (1920), Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire (1772), Françoise Barré-Sinoussi (1947), and André Michel Lwoff (1902).