Naturalist; born in Motier parish, near Neuchatel, Switzerland
, May 28. 1807.
He was of Huguenot
descent, was thoroughly educated at Heidelberg
, and received the honorary degree of Ph.D. He prosecuted his studies in natural history in Paris
, where Cuvier
offered him his collection for the purpose.
The liberality of Humboldt
enabled him to publish his great work (1834-44) on Fossil fishes
, in 5 volumes, with an atlas.
He arrived in Boston
in 1846, and lectured there
on the Animal Kingdom
and on Glaciers.
In the summer of 1847 the superintendent of the Coast Survey tendered him the facilities of that service for a continuance of his scientific investigations.
settled in Cambridge
, and was made Professor
of Zoology and Geology of the Lawrence Scientific School at its foundation in 1848.
That year he made.
with some of his pupils, a scientific exploration of the shores of Lake Superior
He afterwards explored the southern coasts of the United States
, of Brazil
, and the waters of the Pacific Ocean
An account of his explorations on the Brazilian
coast was given in A journey to Brazil
, by Mrs. Agassiz
, in 1867.
He received the Copley Medal
from the Royal Society of London
from the Aeademy of Sciences of Paris
, the Monthyon Prize
and the Cuvier Prize
; the Wollaston Medal
from the Geological Society of London
; and the Medal of Merit from the King
He was a member of many scientific societies, and the universities of Dublin
and Ediniburgh conferred on him the honorary degree of Ll.D. Professor Agassiz
published valuable scientific works in Europe
and in the United States
He died in Cambridge, Mass.
, Dec. 14, 1873.