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Jean-François Séguier

Jean-François Séguier (French pronunciation: ​[ʒɑ̃ fʁɑ̃swa segje]; 25 November 1703 – 1 September 1784) was a French archaeologist, epigraphist, astronomer and botanist from Nîmes.

He studied law in Montpellier, during which time, he developed a passion for botany. He was a friend and collaborator to Scipio Maffei, with whom he took an extended scientific tour throughout Europe (1732–36).[1] In 1755 he became a member of the Académie de Nîmes, serving as its secrétaire perpétuel from 1765 to 1784. In 1772 he became a member of the Académie royale des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres.[2]

The plant genus Seguieria (family Petiveriaceae) commemorates his name, as do the botanical species Ranunculus seguieri (Vill., 1779) and Euphorbia seguieriana (Neck., 1770).[3][4]

Published works

His written works include a detailed description of the flora in the vicinity of Verona, titled Plantae Veronenses, seu Stirpium quae in agro Veronensi repriuntur (3 volumes 1745–54).[5] Other noted works associated with Séguier are:

  • Bibliotheca botanica, sive, Catalogus auctorum et librorum omnium qui de re botanica, de medicamentis ex vegetabilibus paratis, de re rustica, & de horticultura tractant, 1740.
  • Dissertation sur l'ancienne inscription de la Maison-carrée de Nismes, 1759 – Dissertation on the ancient inscriptions of the Maison Carrée in Nîmes.
  • Jean-François Séguier, Pierre Baux, lettres : 1733-1756.[6]


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