Maurice Caullery

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M. Caullery at the International Congress of Entomology in Madrid, 1935

Maurice Jules Gaston Corneille Caullery (5 September 1868, Bergues – 13 July 1958, Paris) was a French biologist.


He was born in Bergues in north France on 5 September 1868. His early education was in Douai.

He began as a lecturer in zoology at Lyon in 1897. From 1901 to 1903 he was a lecturer at the faculty of sciences in Marseille, and from 1903 to 1909, taught classes at the Sorbonne (laboratory of évolution des êtres organisés). In 1909 he succeeded Alfred Mathieu Giard (1846-1908) as director of the zoological station in Wimereux. In 1923 he opened a new laboratory of évolution des êtres organisés on Boulevard Raspail in Paris.[1]

Caullery specialised in parasitic protozoans and marine invertebrates. He also worked on insects. His research of Siboglinum weberi was to become the foundation for establishing the family of beard worms known today as Siboglinidae. Also, he investigated how the various biological aspects of tunicates and annelids impacted their evolution.[2]

In 1915 he was elected president of the Société zoologique de France, and later on in his career, he served as president of the Académie des Sciences (1945) and the Société de biologie (1946).[1]

He died in Paris on 13 July 1958.[3]


He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1930 and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society in 1948.[3]

He was awarded the Linnean Society of London's prestigious Darwin-Wallace Medal in 1958.

Selected writings[edit]

  • Le Parasitime et la symbiosis. 1922
  • Le problems de l'Evolution. 1931
  • Organisme et sexualité. 1942


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-22. Retrieved 2011-12-21.  Maurice Caullery (1868-1958)- biographie - Archives de l'Institut Pasteur
  2. ^ Entry in the Encyclopædia Britannica , 15th Edition, 1998.
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^ IPNI.  Caullery. 
  • Heim, R. 1960:[Caullery, M. J. G.] Year Book Royal Soc. Edinb. 60(1957-59) 33-34.
  • List of publications copied from an article on "Maurice Caullery" at the German Wikipedia.

External links[edit]

  • "Maurice Jules Gaston Corneille Caullery. 1868-1958". JSTOR 769331.