Eugène Bourgeau

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Eugene Bourgeau

Eugène Bourgeau (1813–1877) was a French naturalist. He was native of Brizon in the département of Haute-Savoie in France.

Biographical information[edit]

As a young man, he worked at the botanical garden in Lyon, where his influences included Nicolas Charles Seringe and Claude Thomas Alexis Jordan.[1] In 1843 he relocated to Paris, where he was hired by Philip Barker Webb as a herbarium assistant. In 1845-46 he collected plants for the "Webb collection" in the Canary Islands.[2]

He had previously been a botanical collector in Spain, North Africa and the Canary Islands before joining the British North American Exploring Expedition of western Canada from 1857 to 1860.[3] In Canada, he collected botanical specimens north of Lake Superior and areas around Lake Winnipeg, also journeying down the Saskatchewan River and venturing into the Rocky Mountains.[2]

Later expeditions included two trips to Asia Minor (the Lycia region and the Pontic Mountains), a journey to Spain and the Balearic Islands (1863), a scientific mission to Mexico (1865–66), and in 1870, a trip to the island of Rhodes.[1][2]

The plant genus Bourgaea was named in his honor by Ernest Cosson.[2][4] His name is also commemorated with Mount Bourgeau, a peak located in Banff National Park.[5]

Bourgeau did not publish any botanical literature.[2] He reportedly was a terrible speller and grammarian.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Biographical Dictionary of American and Canadian Naturalists edited by Keir Brooks Sterling
  2. ^ a b c d e JSTOR Global Plants (biography of Bourgeau)
  3. ^ James Hector's Journal Archived 2005-09-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Index Nominum Genericorum database Bourgaea - Smithsonian Institution
  5. ^ Place-names of Alberta. Ottawa: Geographic Board of Canada. 1928. p. 23. 

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