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List of notable or famous botanists from France, with bios and photos, including the top botanists born in France and even some popular botanists who immigrated to France. If you're trying to find out the names of famous French botanists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These botanists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known botanist from France is included when available.

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Achille Richard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Achille Richard Dec. at 58 (1794-1852) Achille Richard was a French botanist and physician. He was son of a notable botanist, Louis-Claude Marie Richard. Pharmacist in the French fleet and member of several well-known societies of ...more

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Adolphe-Théodore Brongniart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Adolphe-Théodore Brongniart Dec. at 75 (1801-1876) Adolphe-Théodore Brongniart was a French botanist. He was the son of the geologist Alexandre Brongniart and grandson of the architect, Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart. Brongniart's ...more

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Adrien René Franchet is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Adrien René Franchet Dec. at 66 (1834-1900) Adrien René Franchet was a French botanist, based at the Paris Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle. He is noted for his extensive work describing the flora of China and Japan, ...more

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Adrien-Henri de Jussieu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Adrien-Henri de Jussieu Dec. at 56 (1797-1853) Adrien-Henri de Jussieu was a French botanist. Born in Paris as the son of botanist Antoine Laurent de Jussieu, he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1824 with a treatise of the plant ...more

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Aimé Bonpland is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Aimé Bonpland Dec. at 85 (1773-1858) Aimé Jacques Alexandre Bonpland was a French explorer and botanist.

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Henri Cassini is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Henri Cassini Dec. at 51 (1781-1832) Count Alexandre Henri Gabriel de Cassini was a French botanist and naturalist, who specialised in the sunflower family. He was the youngest of five children of Jacques Dominique, Comte de ...more

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Alphonse Pyramus de Candolle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Dec. at 87 (1806-1893) Alphonse Louis Pierre Pyrame de Candolle was a French-Swiss botanist, the son of the Swiss botanist Augustin Pyramus de Candolle. He first devoted himself to the study of law, but gradually ...more

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Amédée-François Frézier is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Dec. at 91 (1682-1773) Amédée-François Frézier was a French military engineer, mathematician, spy, and explorer who is best remembered for bringing back five specimens of Fragaria ...more

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André Michaux is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Dec. at 56 (1746-1802) André Michaux, also spelled: Andrew Michaud, was a French botanist and explorer. He is most noted for his study of North American flora. In addition Michaux collected specimens in ...more

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André Thouin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Botanists from France
André Thouin Dec. at 78 (1746-1824) André Thouin was a French botanist born in Paris. His younger brother, Gabriel Thouin, was a noted landscape architect. He studied botany under Bernard de Jussieu, and in 1793 attained ...more

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Andreas Franz Wilhelm Schimper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Dec. at 45 (1856-1901) Andreas Franz Wilhelm Schimper was a botanist and phytogeographer who made major contributions in the fields of histology, ecology and plant geography.

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Antoine de Jussieu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Dec. at 72 (1686-1758) Antoine de Jussieu was a French naturalist. Jussieu was born in Lyon, the son of Christophe de Jussieu, an apothecary of some repute, who published a Nouveau traité de la theriaque. ...more

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Antoine François Passy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Dec. at 81 (1792-1873) Antoine François Passy was a French politician, geologist, and botanist. He was sub-secretary of state for the Interior in the Cabinet of François-Pierre Guizot.

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Antoine Laurent de Jussieu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Antoine Laurent de Jussieu Dec. at 88 (1748-1836) Antoine Laurent de Jussieu was a French botanist, notable as the first to publish a natural classification of flowering plants; much of his system remains in use today. His classification was ...more

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Armand David is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Armand David Dec. at 74 (1826-1900) Father Armand David, also known in common names by the French Père David, was a Lazarist missionary Catholic priest as well as a zoologist and a botanist.

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Augustin Saint-Hilaire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Augustin Saint-Hilaire Dec. at 74 (1779-1853) Augustin François César Prouvençal de Saint-Hilaire, French botanist and traveler, was born at Orléans, France, on 4 October 1779. A keen observer, he is credited ...more

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Bernard de Jussieu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Bernard de Jussieu Dec. at 78 (1699-1777) Bernard de Jussieu was a French naturalist, younger brother of Antoine de Jussieu. Bernard de Jussieu was born in Lyon. He took a medical degree at Montpellier and began practice in 1720, but ...more

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Charles Gaudichaud-Beaupré is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Charles Gaudichaud-Beaupré Dec. at 65 (1789-1854) Charles Gaudichaud-Beaupré was a French botanist. He was born in Angoulême, the son of J-J. Gaudichaud and Rose Gaudichaud. He studied pharmacology at Cognac and Angoulême. He ...more

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Charles Louis L'Héritier de Br... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Charles Louis L'Héritier de Brutelle Dec. at 54 (1746-1800) Charles Louis L'Héritier de Brutelle was an 18th-century French botanist and magistrate. Born into an affluent upper-class Parisian family, connections with the French Royal Court secured ...more

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Charles Plumier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Dec. at 58 (1646-1704) Charles Plumier was a French botanist, after whom the Frangipani genus Plumeria is named. Plumier is considered one of the most important of the botanical explorers of his time. He made three ...more

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Charles Tulasne is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Charles Tulasne Dec. at 68 (1816-1884) Charles Tulasne was a French physician, mycologist and illustrator born in Langeais in the département of Indre-et-Loire. He received his medical doctorate in 1840 and practiced medicine ...more

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Charles-François Brisseau de M... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Charles-François Brisseau de Mirbel Dec. at 78 (1776-1854) Charles-François Brisseau de Mirbel was a French botanist and politician. He was a founder of the science of plant cytology. A native Parisian, at the age of twenty, he became an ...more

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Claude Joseph Geoffroy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Dec. at 67 (1685-1752) Claude Joseph Geoffroy was the brother of Étienne François Geoffroy. Like his brother, he was an apothecary and chemist. Having a considerable knowledge of botany, he devoted ...more

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Constantine Samuel Rafinesque is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Constantine Samuel Rafinesque Dec. at 57 (1783-1840) Constantine Samuel Rafinesque-Schmaltz, as he is known in Europe, was a nineteenth-century polymath born near Constantinople and self-educated in France. He traveled as a young man in the United ...more

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Élie-Abel Carrière is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Élie-Abel Carrière Dec. at 78 (1818-1896) Élie-Abel Carrière was a French botanist, based in Paris. He was a leading authority on conifers in the period 1850-1870, describing many new species, and the new genera Tsuga, ...more

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Emmanuel Liais is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Emmanuel Liais Dec. at 74 (1826-1900) Emmanuel Liais was a French astronomer, botanist and explorer who spent many years in Brazil. He was born in Cherbourg, the son of a wealthy family in the shipbuilding industry. He was an ...more

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Ernest Cosson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Ernest Cosson Dec. at 70 (1819-1889) Ernest Saint-Charles Cosson was a French botanist born in Paris Cosson is known for his botanical research in North Africa, and during his career he participated in eight trips to Algeria. In ...more

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Ferdinand Joseph L'Herminier is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Ferdinand Joseph L'Herminier Dec. at 64 (1802-1866) Ferdinand Joseph L'Herminier was a French botanist and zoologist born in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe. He was the son of naturalist Félix Louis L'Herminier, and a student of Henri Marie ...more

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François André Michaux is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Botanists from France
François André Michaux Dec. at 85 (1770-1855) François André Michaux was a French botanist, son of André Michaux and the namesake of Michaux State Forest in Pennsylvania. Michaux père botanized in North America ...more

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François Boissier de Sauvages ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Dec. at 61 (1706-1767) François Boissier de Sauvages de Lacroix was a French physician and botanist who was a native of Alès. He was the brother of botanist Pierre Augustin Boissier de Sauvages. He ...more

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François Gagnepain is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Botanists from France
François Gagnepain Dec. at 86 (1866-1952) François Gagnepain was a French botanist. The standard botanical author abbreviation Gagnep. is applied to plants described by Gagnepain. With Achille Eugène Finet, he named a ...more

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Gaspard Adolphe Chatin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Gaspard Adolphe Chatin Dec. at 88 (1813-1901) Gaspard Adolphe Chatin was a French physician, mycologist and botanist who was born in Isère, and died in Les Essarts-le-Roi. He was the first to prove that goiter was related of iodine ...more

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Georg Forster is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Dec. at 40 (1754-1794) Johann Georg Adam Forster was a naturalist, ethnologist, travel writer, journalist, and revolutionary. At an early age, he accompanied his father on several scientific expeditions, including ...more

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Georges Louis Marie Dumont de ... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Georges Louis Marie Dumont de Courset Dec. at 78 (1746-1824) George Louis Marie Dumont de Courset was a French botanist and agronomist. Born near Boulogne, he studied in Paris and showed an aptitude for music and drawing. He joined the military when he ...more

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Gustave Thuret is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Gustave Thuret Dec. at 58 (1817-1875) Gustave Adolphe Thuret was a noted French botanist, and founder of the Jardin botanique de la Villa Thuret.

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Henri Dutrochet is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Dec. at 71 (1776-1847) René Joachim Henri Dutrochet was a French physician, botanist and physiologist. He is best known for his investigation into osmosis.

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Henri Ernest Baillon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Henri Ernest Baillon Dec. at 68 (1827-1895) Henri Ernest Baillon was a French botanist and physician. He was born in Calais on November 30, 1827 and died in Paris on July 19, 1895. Baillon spent his professional life as a professor of ...more

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Henri-Louis Duhamel du Monceau is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Henri-Louis Duhamel du Monceau Dec. at 82 (1700-1782) Henri-Louis Duhamel du Monceau, was a French physician, naval engineer and botanist.

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Hippolyte François Jaubert is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Dec. at 76 (1798-1874) Count Hippolyte François Jaubert was a French politician and botanist. Jaubert was born in Paris, the son of François Hippolyte Jaubert and Rosalie Mélanie Cheminade. He was ...more

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Hugh Algernon Weddell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Hugh Algernon Weddell Dec. at 58 (1819-1877) Hugh Algernon Weddell was a physician and botanist, specialising in South American flora. Weddell was born at Birches House, Painswick near Gloucester, England but was raised in France and ...more

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Jacques Labillardière is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Jacques Labillardière Dec. at 79 (1755-1834) Jacques-Julien Houtou de Labillardière was a French biologist noted for his descriptions of the flora of Australia. Labillardière was a member of a voyage in search of the La ...more

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Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Sai... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Dec. at 77 (1737-1814) Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre was a French writer and botanist. He is best known for his 1788 novel Paul et Virginie, now largely forgotten, but in the 19th century a very popular ...more

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Jean Bachelot La Pylaie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Jean Bachelot La Pylaie Dec. at 70 (1786-1856) Jean Marie Auguste Bachelot de La Pylaie was a French botanist, explorer and archaeologist. He studied at Laval, and then in Paris at the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, where he ...more

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Jean Baptiste Bory de Saint-Vi... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Jean Baptiste Bory de Saint-Vincent Dec. at 68 (1778-1846) Jean Baptiste Bory de Saint-Vincent was a French naturalist.

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Jean Baptiste Christophore Fus... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Jean Baptiste Christophore Fusée Aublet Dec. at 58 (1720-1778) Jean Baptiste Christophore Fusée Aublet was a French pharmacist, botanist and explorer. Born in Salon-de-Provence, he joined the French East India Company and in 1752 was sent to ...more

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Jean Baptiste François Pierre ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Dec. at 51 (1742-1793) Jean Baptiste François Pierre Bulliard was a French physician and botanist. Bulliard studied in Langres, afterwards in Clairvaux and in Paris. There he also practiced as a physician. He ...more

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Jean-Baptiste Leschenault de L... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Jean-Baptiste Leschenault de La Tour Dec. at 53 (1773-1826) Jean-Baptiste Louis Claude Théodore Leschenault de La Tour was a French botanist and ornithologist. Born at the family seat, Le Villard, near Chalon-sur-Saône, Leschenault de la ...more

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Jean de Thévenot is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Jean de Thévenot Dec. at 34 (1633-1667) Jean de Thévenot was a French traveller in the East, who wrote extensively about his journeys. He was also a linguist, natural scientist and botanist. He was born in Paris and received ...more

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Jean Henri Jaume Saint-Hilaire is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Jean Henri Jaume Saint-Hilaire Dec. at 73 (1772-1845) Jean Henri Jaume Saint-Hilaire was a French naturalist and artist, born in Grasse, France.

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Jean Louis Marie Poiret is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Botanists from France
Jean Louis Marie Poiret Dec. at 79 (1755-1834) Jean Louis Marie Poiret was a French clergyman, botanist and explorer. From 1785 to 1786 he was sent by Louis XVI to Algeria to study the flora. After the French Revolution he became a professor ...more