Roland Bonaparte

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


Bonaparte was born in Paris on May 19, 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 November 18, 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

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 April 14, 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