Ernest Candèze

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Ernst Candeze

Ernest Charles Auguste Candèze was a Belgian doctor and entomologist born 22 February 1827 at Liège and dying in Glain, 30 June 1898. He studied in Liege under Jean Theodore Lacordaire (1801-1870), then studied medicine in Paris and Liège. Following Lacordaire’s advice he joined the circle of entomologists in Liege which included his longstanding friend Félicien Chapuis (1824-1879) and also Edmond de Sélys Longchamps (1813-1900) and the English entomologist Robert McLachlan (1837-1904). He took part in the foundation of the Belgian Entomological Society. It was Lacordaire who encouraged him to specialize in Elateridae on which he published revisions of which the very rare Monographie of Elateridae (four volumes, Liege, 1857-1863) is important . He was a friend of the French editor Pierre-Jules Hetzel (1814-1886) who pressed him to write scientific novels in order to popularize entomology to a larger audience: Aventures d'un grillon, Adventures of a cricket (Paris, 1877), La Gileppe, les infortunes d'une population d'insectes, Gileppe, misfortunes of a population of insects (Paris, 1879), which had a certain success, and Périnette, histoire surprenante de cinq moineaux... Périnette, surprising history of five sparrows... (Paris, 1886). Also impassioned by photography, he developed a foldable camera which was a great success in Europe (and which was accompanied by his book the Le Scénographe, appareil photographique de poche..., Paris, 1875)

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