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Marie Jules César Savigny : biography

5 April 1777 - 5 October 1851

Marie Jules César Lelorgne de Savigny (5 April 1777–5 October 1851) was a French zoologist.

Savigny was born at Provins. In 1798 he travelled to Egypt with the Emperor Napoleon as part of the French scientific expedition to that country, and contributed to the publication of the findings of the expedition in 1809 (Description de l'Égypte published more fully in 1822). He wrote about the fauna in the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea and discovered that mouth parts of arthropods were transformed extremities.

Later years

By 1817, Savingy's eyesight had deteriorated, and he had to stop working for a number of years. Between 1816 and 1820 he published the important Mémoires on the animals without vertebrae. After returning to work in 1822, his eyesight continued to worsen, and by 1824 he became more-or-less blind, with terrible "optical hallucinations." Victor Audouin offered to complete Savigny's work but Savigny refused to part with the original artwork. Savigny was elected member of the Academy of Science on July 30, 1821.

Species named for or by Savigny

  • Tethyum savignyi
  • Trididemnum savignii (Herdman, 1886)
  • Sepia savignyi (H. de Blainville, 1827)
  • Mitra savignyi (Payraudeau, 1826)
  • Anachis savignyi (Moazzo, 1939)
  • Savignyella (Levinsen, 1909)
  • Ophiactis savignyi (J. Müller & Troschel, 1842; Ljungman, 1867)
  • Siderastrea savignyana (Milne Edwards & Haime, 1850)
  • Microcosmus savignyi (Monniot, 1962)
  • Dynamenella savignii (H. Milne Edwards, 1840)
  • Leptochelia savignyi (Krøyer, 1842)
  • Savignyella Levinsen (1900)
  • Planaxis savignyi (Deshayes, 1844)
  • Vexillum savignyi (Payraudeau, 1826)
  • Diadema savignyi (Michelin, 1845)
  • Thais savignyi (G. P. Deshayes, 1844)
  • Goniopora savignyi (Dana, 1846)
  • Loimia savignyi (M'Intosh, 1885)
  • Ciona savignyi
  • Hyla savignyi (Audouin, 1827)

Category:1777 births Category:1851 deaths Category:People from Provins Category:Commission des Sciences et des Arts members Category:French ornithologists Category:Members of the French Academy of Sciences Category:Members of the Prussian Academy of Sciences

Education and travel to Egypt

At age 16, Savigny traveled from his home of Provins, in the department of Seine et Marne, to Paris to finish his studies. Being very interested in botany, he worked at the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle with Jean-Baptiste Lamarck and Georges Cuvier. Cuvier suggested to Napoleon that the 21-year-old Savigny should follow him as zoologist to Egypt. Savingy became responsible for studying invertebrates, while Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire took care of the vertebrates. After returning to Paris, in 1802, Savigny started to work on the large collections from Egypt, producing a number of manuscripts and plates. In 1805 he published Natural and Mythological History of the Ibis.

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