Ami Boué

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Ami Boué
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Ami Boué
Born 16 March 1794
Died 21 November 1881
Citizenship Austria
Nationality French
Fields geology
Notable awards Wollaston Medal (1847)

Ami Boué (16 March 1794 – 21 November 1881), Austrian geologist, was born at Hamburg, and received his early education there and in Geneva and Paris.

Ethnographic map of the Balkans in 1847 from Ami Boue.

Proceeding to Edinburgh to study medicine at the university, he came under the influence of Robert Jameson, whose teachings in geology and mineralogy inspired his future career. Boué was thus led to make geological expeditions to various parts of Scotland and the Hebrides, and after taking his degree of M.D. in 1817 he settled for some years in Paris.

In 1820 he issued his Essai géologique sur l'Écosse, in which the eruptive rocks in particular were carefully described.[1] He travelled much in Germany, Austria and southern Europe, studying various geological formations, and becoming one of the pioneers in geological research; he was one of the founders of the Société Géologique de France in 1830, and was its president in 1835. In 1841 he settled in Vienna, and became naturalized as an Austrian.

To the Imperial Academy of Sciences at Vienna he communicated important papers on the geology of the Balkan States (1859-1870), and he also published Mémoires géologiques et paléontologiques (Paris, 1832) and La Turquie d'Europe; observations sur la geographie, la géologie, l'histoire naturelle, etc. (Paris, 1840).[2][3][4][5]


Ami Boué Peak on Graham Land in Antarctica and Ami Boué Street in Sofia, Bulgaria are named after Ami Boué.



External links[edit]

  • Boué, A., 1843, Carte geologique de globe terrestre, Memoire a l’appui d’une essai de carte geologique du globe terestre, Societe geologique de France Bulletin 2d series 1:296-371.
  • Works by or about Ami Boué in libraries (WorldCat catalog)