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Georges Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon


French naturalist, philosopher, and mathematician. Keeper, Jardin du roi, 1739–88. Outlined his theory of transmutation in Histoire naturelle (1749–1804). FRS 1739.




Record of the Royal Society of London.


DBF: Dictionnaire de biographie Française. Under the direction of J. Balteau et al. 21 vols. and 4 fascicules of vol. 22 (A–Leyris d’Esponchès) to date. Paris: Librairie Letouzey & Ané. 1933–.

DSB: Dictionary of scientific biography. Edited by Charles Coulston Gillispie and Frederic L. Holmes. 18 vols. including index and supplements. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons. 1970–90.

Record of the Royal Society of London: The record of the Royal Society of London for the promotion of natural knowledge. 4th edition. London: Royal Society. 1940.