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Georges Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707–1788)

Buffon, George Louis Le Clerc, Comte de (bü-fô‘). A famous French naturalist; born at Montbard, Sept. 7, 1707; died on April 16, 1788. His ‘Natural History’ widely popularized the study of zoölogy and of nature in general, owing to the author’s luminous and attractive style and his very plausible generalizations; it was translated into nearly all the languages of Europe. The definite edition of this ‘General and Particular Natural History’ is in 36 volumes (1749–88). (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).