Michele Lessona became a specialist in amphibians. His accomplishments include the translation of certain works of Darwin, for example, The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex.
He studied medicine in Turin, afterwards relocating to Egypt, where he worked in a hospital outside of Cairo. From 1850 he studied natural sciences at Turin, and in the meantime found employment as a secondary school teacher. In 1854 he attained the chair of mineralogy and zoology at the University of Genoa.
In 1862, with Filippo de Filippi (1814-1867), he took part in a scientific and diplomatic mission to Persia, and after his return to Italy, he was named chair of zoology at the University of Bologna (1863). In 1867 he became chair of zoology and comparative anatomy at the University of Turin.
- Carlo Darwin. 1883. Reissued by Kessinger, 2009, ISBN 978-1-104-06962-9.
- Venti Anni Fa 1884. Reissued by Kessinger, 2009, ISBN 978-1-104-52050-2.
- Le CACC in Persia. 1884. Rome.
- Library of the Department of Animal and Human Biology - Università degli Studi di Torino (biographical information)
- Google Books The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles by Bo Beolens, Michael Watkins, Michael Grayson