Gaimard, Joseph Paul

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Gaimard, Joseph Paul Gender: M
born on 31 January 1793 at 08:00 (= 08:00 AM )
Place St.Zacharie, France, 43n23, 5e43
Timezone LMT m5e43 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 12°00' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 27°22 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 26°24'

Joseph Paul Gaimard (lithograph by Émile Lassalle)


French naval surgeon and naturalist.

He served as naturalist on the ships 'L'Uranie' under Louis de Freycinet 1817-1820, and 'L'Astrolabe' under Jules Dumont d'Urville 1826-1829. During this voyage they discovered the now extinct giant skink of Tonga, Tachygia microlepis.

From his studies of cholera in Europe, he co-authored "Du choléra-morbus en Russie, en Prusse et en Autriche, pendant les années 1831-1832" (Cholera morbus in Russia, Prussia and Austria in the years 1831 & 1832).

He was the scientific leader on 'La Recherche' (1835–1836) during its expedition to the Arctic Sea, making voyages to coastal Iceland and Greenland — from 27 April to 13 September 1835 and from 21 May to 26 September 1836. Out of these trips came the 9-volume "Voyage en Islande et au Groënland" (8 text volumes, one of geographical illustrations), which was said at the time to be the definitive study of the islands.

From 1838 to 1840, again aboard 'La Recherche,' he was the leader of a scientific expedition to Lapland, Spitzbergen and the Faroe Islands.

He died in Paris on 10 December 1858.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Didier Geslain archive, 'marins a-g' pdf file, p. 159.


  • Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work
  • Vocation : Medical : Surgeon (Naval surgeon)
  • Vocation : Science : Biology (Naturalist)
  • Vocation : Travel : Explorer