Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon Biography


Birthday: September 7, 1707 (Virgo)

Born In: Montbard, France

Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon was a naturalist and French author, who will be always remembered for his extensive work on natural history. Born to a father who was a state official and a mother who had a thirst for knowledge, Georges-Louis had got his streak of intelligence from his mother. He was an average student at College of Godrans in Dijon, but had a flair for mathematics. Respecting his father’s wish he began studying law, but abandoned it to study Mathematics and Medicine at University of Angers. During this period he befriended Duke of Kingston, and travelled with him extensively in Europe. He returned to Dijon, received his inheritance, and went to Paris to pursue science. He befriended Voltaire and several other famous intellectuals during his stay in Paris. Georges-Louis introduced integral and differential calculus in probability theory. He was also absorbed to the French Academy of Sciences. His work on mechanical properties of wood was a long extensive research, and soon after he was appointed as keeper of Jardin du Roi or the Royal Botanical Garden. He was appointed to several prestigious positions like the Treasurer of Academy of Sciences. Read on to know more about his life and works.