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Darwin-L Message Log 8:110 (April 1994)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

This is one message from the Archives of Darwin-L (1993–1997), a professional discussion group on the history and theory of the historical sciences.

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<8:110>From DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu  Sat Apr 30 21:07:37 1994

Date: Sat, 30 Apr 1994 22:07:55 -0500 (EST)
From: DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu
Subject: April 30 -- Today in the Historical Sciences
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Organization: University of NC at Greensboro

APRIL 30 -- TODAY IN THE HISTORICAL SCIENCES

1723: MATHURIN-JACQUES BRISSON is born at Fonetenay-le-Comte, Vendee, France.
The eldest son of a prominent family, Brisson will study philosophy and
theology at the College de Fontenay and the College de Poitiers, and will
enter the seminary of St.-Sulpice in Paris, but in 1747 he will abandon
theology for his true calling, natural history.  Related by marriage to the
naturalist Reaumur, Brisson will be appointed by the Academie des Sciences as
curator and demonstrator of Reaumur's collections, and he will publish his
comprehensive _Ornithologie ou Methode contenant la division des oiseaux en
ordres_ in 1760.  After Reaumur's death, Brisson's collections will pass from
the Academie des Sciences to the Cabinet du Roi under the direction of Buffon,
and personal animosity between the two naturalists will lead Buffon to deny
Brisson any access to the specimens he had been studying for the previous
eight years.  Deprived of his collections, Brisson will turn from natural
history to the study of physics, and will make valuable contributions to
that field until his death in 1806.

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