Louis Jurine

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Louis Jurine
Louis Jurine.jpg
Born (1751-02-06)6 February 1751
Geneva, Republic of Geneva
Died 20 October 1819(1819-10-20) (aged 68)
Chougny, Geneva, Switzerland
Medical career
Profession Surgeon, physician, naturalist

Louis Jurine (French: [ʒyʁin]; 6 February 1751 – 20 October 1819) was a Swiss physician, surgeon and naturalist mainly interested in entomology. He lived in Geneva.


He studied surgery in Paris and quickly acquired a great reputation for his expertise in medicine and natural history beyond that which he had in Geneva. He taught courses in anatomy and surgery at the Société des Arts in Geneva and was made honorary professor of zoology at the Academy (today: University of Geneva). He also founded a maternity hospice in 1807 and was awarded prizes for his work on the gasses of the human body, artificial feeding of infants, and pectoral angina.


Jurine’s collections of Hymenoptera, Coleoptera, Lepidoptera and Hemiptera are in the Natural History Museum of Geneva.


  • Nouvelle méthode de classer les Hyménoptères et les Diptères. Hyménoptères. Genève (J.J. Paschoud) 1807. (Only 250 copies of this work were issued.) PDF
  • Observations sur les ailes des hyménoptères. Mem. Accad. Sci. Torino 24 (1820): 177–214.
  • Histoire des monocles, qui se trouvent aux environs de Genève. I-XVI, 1-260, 22 plates, Genève (J.J. Paschoud) 1820. PDF


  • R. Sigrist and Al, Louis Jurine, surgeon and naturalist (1751–1819), 1999 (with list of works)

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