Georges Cuvier

Georges Cuvier

Patrick MacDowell

6 Burlington Gardens, former home of the University of London, just north of the Royal Academy, in the grounds of Burlington House.

London

According to John van Wyhe's introduction to George Cuvier, he "was one of the most influential figures in science during the early nineteenth century. A self-appointed referee of proper science from his stronghold in the elite Académie des Sciences, Cuvier was as successful in creating his own image as a great man of science as he was in the many areas of science he studied. . . . Some of Cuvier's most influential followers were Louis Agassiz on the continent and in America, and Richard Owen in Britain."

Photograph and text by George P. Landow, July 2005

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