Authorised form of nameSaussure; Horace Benedict de (1740 - 1799)
Other forms of namede Saussure, Horace Benedicte
ForenamesHorace Benedict de
Dates1740 - 1799
Dates and placesBirth:
Near Geneva, Switzerland (17 February 1740)
Geneva, Switzerland (22 January 1799)
ActivityResearch Field:
Geology, meteorology, botany, education
Professor of Philosophy, Geneva (1762); travelled in Holland, England, France (1768-1769), in Italy (1771), round Switzerland (1774-1784) and was one of the first to scale Mont Blanc (August 1787); chief work was "Voyages dans les Alpes"
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
RelationshipsHis mother's sister was the wife of Charles Bonnet (FRS 1754)
Bulloch's Roll; DSB
J S Rowlinson, '"Our Common Room in Geneva" and the Early Exploration of the Alps of Savoy' in NR 1998 vol 52 pp 221-235
Paul A Tunbridge, 'Franklin's Pointed Lightning Conductor' in NR 1973-4 vol 28 pp 207-219
Sir Gavin de Beer and R M Turton, 'John Turton, FRS, 1735-1806' in NR 1956-57 vol 12 pp 77-97
Sir Gavin de Beer and Max H Hey, 'The First Ascent of Mont Blanc' in NR 1954-55 vol 11 pp 236-255
On election certificate, "Henry" has been crossed out in pencil and "Horace" written in pencil above it
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA1653
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
V/005Saussure, Horace Benedict de
EC/1787/36Saussure, Horace Benedict de: certificate of election to the Royal Society
AP/4/10/3Unpublished extract, regarding objects sent by Mr Le Cerf from the register of the Committee of Arts13 September 1779
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