Major Figures

In order to establish a network of both well-known and lesser-known intellectuals engaged in the botanophilia craze, I selected a small group of well-known figures who are known for their contributions to natural history as well as some figures who might come as a surprise.

  • Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), Prussian naturalist
  • Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859), French political philosopher
  • André Michaux (1746-1802), French botanist and explorer
  • Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American polymath
  • Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707-1788), French naturalist
  • Charles-Joseph, 7th Prince de Ligne (1735-1814), Belgian military officer
  • Christian Cay Lorenz Hirschfeld (1742-1792), German garden theorist
  • Duhamel du Monceau (1700-1782), French physician and botanist
  • François-René de Chateaubriand (1768-1848), French writer and politician
  • Guillaume-Chrétien de Lamoignon de Malesherbes (1721-1794), French statesman
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), Genevan philosopher
  • Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), American diplomat