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Aloïs Humbert (1829–1887), the first professional curator of natural history in Geneva (2020)


Aloïs Humbert was the first scientist employed by the Musée académique de Genève, but his career as a whole has a much closer resemblance to his “gentleman scientist” contemporaries such as Henri de Saussure and Alphonse Pictet (both of whom also studied under François-Jules Pictet and contributed to the development of the museum) than to that of his successor in the post, Godefroy Lunel. His career is presented to throw light on the professionalization of science in nineteenth-century Geneva, and it is suggested that his prestige raised the status of the role of museum scientist, to the benefit of his successors.

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Authors & Contributors
Hollier, Anita
Hollier, John
Hall, Kathleen
Hammarberg, Melvyn
Kuklick, Henrika
Preucel, Robert W
Archives of Natural History
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
History of Science
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Earth Sciences History: Journal of the History of the Earth Sciences Society
University of Pennsylvania
Pantheon Books
MIT Press
Arizona State University
University of Pittsburgh Press
Professions and professionalization
Natural history
Museum curators
Discipline formation
Brongniart, Adolphe-Théodore
Schomburgk, Robert Hermann
Bailey, Vernon O.
McLeod, Herbert
De la Beche, Henry
Fountaine, Margaret
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
21st century
20th century, late
18th century
United States
Geneva (Switzerland)
London (England)
Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris
United States. Bureau of Biological Survey
Great Britain. Geological Survey
British Museum. Natural History
Universität Tartu
Lunar Society of Birmingham (England)

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