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Authorised form of nameSaussure; Horace Benedict de (1740 - 1799)
Other forms of namede Saussure, Horace Benedicte
SurnameSaussure
ForenamesHorace Benedict de
Dates1740 - 1799
NationalitySwiss
Dates and placesBirth:
Near Geneva, Switzerland (17 February 1740)
Death:
Geneva, Switzerland (22 January 1799)
ActivityResearch Field:
Geology, meteorology, botany, education
Career:
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:
Fellow
Election Date:
3/04/1788
RelationshipsHis mother's sister was the wife of Charles Bonnet (FRS 1754)
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DSB
References:
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
Notes:
On election certificate, "Henry" has been crossed out in pencil and "Horace" written in pencil above it
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/36924377
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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