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Darwin-L Message Log 5:112 (January 1994)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<5:112>From DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu  Wed Jan 19 20:53:39 1994

Date: Wed, 19 Jan 1994 21:59:28 -0400 (EDT)
From: DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu
Subject: January 19 -- Today in the Historical Sciences
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Organization: University of NC at Greensboro

JANUARY 19 -- TODAY IN THE HISTORICAL SCIENCES

1761: PIERRE-AUGUSTE-MARIE BROUSSONET is born at Montpellier, France.
An ardent naturalist from an early age, Broussonet will study Classics and
medicine at Montpellier, and will receive his doctorate in medicine there in
1779 at the age of eighteen.  Broussonet's interests will turn to ichthyology,
and he will travel to London in 1780 where Joseph Banks will give him charge
of the ichthyological collection from James Cook's first voyage around the
world.  Broussonet's initial reports on the Cook collection, _Ichthyologia
sistens piscium descriptiones et icones_, will begin to appear in 1782, but
the work as a whole will never be completed.  Caught up in the violence of the
French Revolution, Broussonet will escape to Spain and will reside for a time
in Morocco where he will study botany.  In 1803 he will return to Montpellier
to become professor of medicine, and will devote his energies to the revival
and expansion the Montpellier botanical garden.  The first catalog of the
garden's collections, _Elenchus plantarum horti botanici Monspeliensis_,
will appear shortly before his death in 1807.

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