Born in Condé-sur-Noireau, France, on 23 May 1790, died in a train accident in France on 8 May 1840 (Maiden, 1910b, gives the latter date as 12 May 1842).
First visited Australia with Louis Duperrey in Coquille, staying at Port Jackson, New South Wales, for two months from 17 January 1824. His collecting included a trip to Bathurst, New South Wales. He later commanded a French exploring expedition to the Pacific in Astrolabe (Coquille renamed) in 1826-1829. The expedition called at King George Sound (Western Australia), Western Port (Victoria), Sydney (New South Wales) and Hobart (Tasmania), where collections were made by d’Urville and L.A.Lesson (better known as a zoologist). He commanded a third expedition in 1837-1840 (Astrolabe and Zélée), on which the botanists were J.B.Hombron, H.Jacquinot and E.J.F.LeGuillon. This expedition touched on northern Australia and also visited Hobart.
Collections from these expeditions are now housed in P and PC, with lesser numbers in B, G, G-DC and W.
Extracted from: A.E.Orchard (1999) A History of Systematic
Botany in Australia, in Flora of Australia Vol.1, 2nd ed.,
ABRS. [consult for source references]