This Day in History: 1777-04-05

Marie Jules César de Savigny (1777 – 1851) was born on this day.
He was a French zoologist, worked at the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle under Lamarck and Cuvier. Cuvier suggested to Napoleon that Savigny should accompany his campaign to Egypt (1798 – 1801) as part of the scientific expedition as a zoologist, Savigny became responsible for the invertebrates, Geoffroy the vertebrates. On return from Egypt he contributed a number of manuscripts to the report on the natural history of the expedition, publishing his important Mémoires sur les animaux sans vertèbres (Memoires on the animals without vertebrae) between 1816 and 1820.

Savigny described around 200 taxa and is honoured in the names of c. 120 further taxa and in the names of numerous species under savignyi.