Guillaume Olivier   1756-1814

 
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Guillaume Olivier.

  

Olivier, a physician by training, was one of the great French naturalists and entomologists. He collected extensively in Europe and was employed as a naturalist for six years on a major expedition to Persia. He returned to France in 1798 with major natural history collections from Turkey, Asia Minor, Persia (Iran), Egypt, and some Mediterranean islands. In 1800 he was appointed a Professor of Zoology at the Veterinary; School at Alfort. He was a close friend of Fabricius as well as a patron and protector of Latreille during the revolutionary period of 1810-1814.

His large collection is now mostly at the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris.

Reference:

Essig, E. O. 1972. A HISTORY OF ENTOMOLOGY. Hafner Publishing  Co., New York. 1,029 pp.

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