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Darwin-L Message Log 7:71 (March 1994)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<7:71>From DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu  Sun Mar 20 13:35:05 1994

Date: Sun, 20 Mar 1994 14:35:06 -0500 (EST)
From: DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu
Subject: March 20 -- Today in the Historical Sciences
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Organization: University of NC at Greensboro

MARCH 20 -- TODAY IN THE HISTORICAL SCIENCES

1794 (200 years ago today): RENE-PRIMEVERE LESSON is born at Cabane-Caree,
Rochefort, France.  Lesson will receive little formal education as a child,
but he will develop a passion for natural history that will continue
throughout his life.  At the age of seventeen he will join the French navy as
a medical assistant, and he will rise through the medical ranks, eventually
becoming the chief naval pharmacist for his district.  In 1822 he will join
the _Coquille_ under the command of Duperrey and Dumont d'Urville, and will
begin a three-year collecting expedition around the world that will transform
him into one of the leading naturalist-explorers of his day.  The _Coquille_
will visit South America, Tahiti, the Moluccas, Australia, New Zealand, New
Guinea, Java, Mauritius, Reunion, and St. Helena, and on its return Lesson's
collections will be deposited in the natural history museum in Paris.  Lesson
will publish many reports on the expedition, including the _Zoologie du voyage
autour du monde, execute sur la corvette du Roi la Coquille_ (Paris, 1829).
A special interest in birds will lead to a series of additional publications
including the _Manuel d'ornithologie, ou description des genres et des
principales especes d'oiseaux_ (Paris, 1828), and _Les trochilidees, ou
colibris et les oiseaux-mouches_ (Paris, 1830-31).  He will die in his
native Rochefort in April of 1849.

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