Robin, Charles-Philippe

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Robin, Charles-Philippe Gender: M
born on 4 June 1821 at 03:00 (= 03:00 AM )
Place Jasseron, France, 46n13, 5e20
Timezone LMT m5e20 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 13°06' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 02°20 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 18°48'

Charles-Philippe Robin


French anatomist, biologist, and histologist whose contributions to medical science were many and varied. He was among the first scientists in France to use the microscope in normal and pathological anatomy. He was the first to describe the species Candida albicans (a diploid fungus), and he contributed new information on the micro-structure of ganglia and of neuroglia. He also described the role of osteoclasts in bone formation, and he conducted original studies on the electrical organs of Rajidae (electric skates).

He studied medicine in Paris, and while still a student took a scientific journey with Hermann Lebert to Normandy and the Channel Islands, where they collected specimens for the Musée Orfila. In 1846 he received his medical doctorate, and at different stages of his career he was a professor of natural history, anatomy, and histology. He was a member of the Académie Nationale de Médecine (1858) and Academy of Science (1866). In 1873 he was appointed director of the marine zoology laboratory at Concarneau.

With Pierre François Olive Rayer, Claude Bernard, and Charles-Édouard Brown-Séquard, he established the Société de biologie (1848).

Robin was a prolific writer, being the author of over 300 written articles during his lifetime. With Émile Littré he published a revision of Pierre-Hubert Nysten’s Dictionnaire de médecine, de chirurgie, etc. The eponymous Virchow-Robin spaces are named after him and pathologist Rudolf Virchow. Virchow-Robin spaces are lymphatic spaces between the vessels of the central nervous system.

He died on 6 October 1885, aged 64, in Jasseron.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Virchow, Rudolf (born 13 October 1821). Notes: "Virchow-Robin spaces"


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate from the online Ain archives. Grazia Bordoni quotes same from Lescaut (3 AM).

Archives Gauquelin: Scientists & Medical Doctors (Hommes De Science) A, vol. 2, #642 [1] has 6 p.m. in error. This was the time that the event was registered. The birth time is recorded as 3 a.m. the same day.


  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive (MD)
  • Vocation : Education : Administrator
  • Vocation : Education : Researcher
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Science : Biology (Anatomist, biologist, and histologist)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (Science)
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator ("Virchow-Robin spaces")