Roland Bonaparte

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Roland Bonaparte
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Born (1858-05-19)19 May 1858
Paris, France
Died 14 April 1924(1924-04-14) (aged 65)
Paris, France
Spouse Marie Blanc
Full name
Roland Napoléon Bonaparte
House Bonaparte
Father Pierre Napoléon Bonaparte
Mother Justine Eleanore Ruflin

Roland Napoléon Bonaparte (19 May 1858 – 14 April 1924), was a French prince and president of the Société de Géographie from 1910 until his death.


Bonaparte was born in Paris on 19 May 1858, the son of Prince Pierre Napoleon Bonaparte and Justine Eleanore Ruflin. He was a grandson of Lucien Bonaparte, Emperor Napoleon I's brother.

Prince Roland was married in Paris on 18 November 1880, to Marie Blanc (1859–1882), the daughter of François Blanc. They had one daughter, Princess Marie Bonaparte (1882–1962).

In 1886, Bonaparte was part of a scientific expedition that photographed and anatomically measured the Sami inhabitants of Northern Norway.[1]

Bonaparte in center measuring a Sami woman's head

Bonaparte was the President of the Société astronomique de France (SAF), the French astronomical society, from 1921-1923.[2]

On the death of his cousin Prince Napoléon Charles Bonaparte in 1899, he succeeded him as the 6th Prince of Canino and Musignano, but he never assumed the title. With Prince Roland's death in Paris on 14 April 1924, the senior line of the House of Bonaparte descending from Lucien Bonaparte became extinct in the male line.


Bonaparte Point in Antarctica was named after him by Jean-Baptiste Charcot. There is also a small lake on the mountains above the Coast Sámi/Norwegian village Kvalsund which is called Bonapartesjøen - Lake Bonaparte - after his abovementioned visit to the region.



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Roland Bonaparte
Born: May 19 1858 Died: April 14 1924
Preceded by
Ernest-Théodore Hamy
President of the Société de Géographie
Succeeded by
Henri Cordier
Titles of nobility
Preceded by
Napoléon Charles Bonaparte
Prince of Canino and Musignano
Title extinct