Jean Louis Marie Poiret

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This article is about the botanist Jean Poiret. For the scriptwriter and actor, see Jean Poiret.

Jean Louis Marie Poiret ( 11 June 1755 in Saint-Quentin – 7 April 1834 in Paris) 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 of natural history at the Écoles Centrale of Aisne.

The genus Poiretia of the Fabaceae was named after him in 1807 by Étienne Pierre Ventenat.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Coquilles fluviatiles et terrestres observées dans le département de l'Aisne et aux environs de Paris. Prodrome. - pp. i-xi [1-11], 1-119. Paris. (Barrois, Soissons).1801.
  • Leçons de flore: Cours complet de botanique 1819–1820 (illus. by P. J. F. Turpin).
  • Voyage en Barbarie, …, pendant les années 1785 et 1786 1789.
  • Histoire philosophique, littéraire, économique des plantes d'Europe 1825–1829.
  • with Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck Encyclopédie méthodique: Botanique 1789–1817.
  • with Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck Tableau encyclopédique et méthodique des trois règnes de la nature: Botanique 1819–1823.

Tribute[edit]

"Poiretia, la revue naturaliste du Maghreb" is a free online natural history journal created in 2008. It discusses (in French) the flora and fauna inventory, description and mapping in north-western Africa (Maghreb). Its name is dedicated to Jean Louis Marie Poiret, as a tribute to his famous Voyage en Barbarie published in 1789.

References[edit]

  • Zander, Robert et al. (eds.) (1984) Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen (13th ed.) Ulmer Verlag, Stuttgart, ISBN 3-8001-5042-5.