Buffon 1707 1788
Buffon 1707 1788
Georges Louis Leclerc
(1707-1788)

Died aged c. 81

Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (French pronunciation: ​[ʒɔʁʒ lwi ləklɛʁ kɔ̃t də byfɔ̃]; 7 September 1707 – 16 April 1788) was a French naturalist, mathematician, cosmologist, and encyclopédiste. His works influenced the next two generations of naturalists, including Jean-Baptiste Lamarck and Georges Cuvier. Buffon published thirty-six quarto volumes of his Histoire Naturelle during his lifetime; with additional volumes based on his notes and further research being published in the two decades following his death. It has been said that "Truly, Buffon was the father of all thought in natural history in the second half of the 18th century". Buffon held the position of intendant (director) at the Jardin du Roi, now called the Jardin des Plantes.

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Georges Louis Leclerc Comte de Buffon ne a Montbard le 7 septembre 1707 Intendant du Jardin Royal des Plantes depuis 1739 est mort dans cette maison le 16 avril 1788

26 rue Buffon, in the Jardin des Plantes, Paris, France where he died (1788)