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Félix Biet

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Félix-Marie Biet
ChurchCatholic Church
DioceseApostolic Vicariate of Tibet
Installed27 August 1878
Term ended9 September 1901
PredecessorJoseph-Marie Chauveau [zh]
SuccessorPierre-Philippe Giraudeau [fr]
Other post(s)Titular Bishop of Diana
Consecrationby Annet-Théophile Pinchon [fr]
Personal details
Born(1838-10-21)21 October 1838
Died9 September 1901(1901-09-09) (aged 62)
Saint-Cyr-au-Mont-d'Or, Lyon Metropolis, France
OccupationPriest, missionary, entomologist, ornithologist
MottoSuaviter et fortiter
Coat of armsFélix-Marie Biet's coat of arms

Félix Biet (1838 in Langres, Haute-Marne – 1901 in Saint-Cyr-au-Mont-d'Or) was a French missionary from Paris Foreign Missions Society and naturalist.


Four Westerners in Tatsienlu, 1890, photographed by Prince Henri d’Orléans. From left: Léonard-Louis Déjean, Bishop Félix Biet, the American Tibetologist W.W. Rockhill and André Soulié

Biet was born in 1838. He was ordained as a priest in 1864. He was next sent to Tatsienlu in Tibet (called Dartsedo by Tibetans) as a missionary and he became the Bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Thibet, now Diocese of Kangding, in 1898. Félix Biet collected butterflies for Charles Oberthür who dedicated three new species (Thecla bieti, Pantoporia bieti and Anthocharis bieti) to him. Alphonse Milne-Edwards described the Chinese mountain cat (Felis bieti) and the black snub-nosed monkey, (Rhinopithecus bieti), the latter collected and sent by Jean-André Soulié. The Biet's laughingthrush a Chinese endemic species was another discovery, named by Émile Oustalet in 1897. Those natural history collections from Tibet and China are in the National Museum of Natural History in Paris.

He was succeeded by Pierre-Philippe Giraudeau.

See also[edit]


  • Adrien Launay (1916), Mémorial de la Société des missions étrangères
  • Françoise Fauconnet-Buzelin (2012), Les Martyrs oubliés du Tibet. Chronique d'une rencontre manquée (1855-1940), éd. du Cerf, coll. Petit Cerf, Paris, 2012, 656 pages