Denis Dodart

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Denis Dodart
Denis Dodart 1634-1707.jpg
Born 1634
Paris, France
Died November 5, 1707
Paris
Nationality French
Fields naturalist
Known for botany
Author abbrev. (botany) Dod.

Denis Dodart (1634–1707) was a French physician, naturalist and botanist. Trained at the University of Paris, he gained his doctorate of medicine in 1660 and was elected to the French Academy of Sciences in 1673. In botany he is notable for his early studies of plant respiration and growth. He collaborated with the French engraver Nicolas Robert in several illustrated works including Estampes de Plantes and Mémoires pour servir á l'Histoire des Plantes.

His father Jean Dodart was a Parisian notary and his mother Marie Dubois was the daughter of a lawyer. Suspicion that his parents, like many from the legal professions, had been supporters of the Fronde uprising nearly derailed his election to the Academy of Sciences.[1]

Eponymy[edit]

The nettle species Urtica dodartii was named after him by Linnaeus but this is now considered a variety of Urtica pilulifera, the Roman nettle (U. pilulifera L. var. dodartii (L.) Aschers.).

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Major works[edit]

  • 1676. Mémoires pour servir à l'histoire des plantes". Paris, Imprimerie Royale.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sturdy, David J. (1995). Science and Social Status: The Members of the Academie Des Sciences 1666–1750. Boydell & Brewer. pp. p461. ISBN 0-85115-395-X. 
  2. ^ "Author Query for 'Dod.'". International Plant Names Index. 

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