Charles Victor Naudin

1815–99

French botanist. Joined the herbarium staff at the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle and became professor of zoology at the Collège Chaptal, Paris, in 1846. Resigned his professorship almost immediately owing to a severe nervous disorder. Appointed aide-naturaliste at the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, 1854. Established a private experimental garden at Collioure in 1869, earning his living by selling seeds and specimens. First director of the state-run experimental garden at Antibes, 1878. Experimented widely on plants, particularly on acclimatisation and hybridity. Published a theory of transmutation based on hybridisation.

Sources: DSB Taxonomic literature. (See the bibliography for full references to sources)