Joseph Paul Gaimard
Joseph Paul Gaimard was a French
The French Republic , The French Republic , The French Republic , (commonly known as France , is a unitary semi-presidential republic in Western Europe with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Metropolitan France...

 naval surgeon and naturalist
Natural history
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Along with Jean René Constant Quoy
Jean René Constant Quoy
Jean René Constant Quoy was a French zoologist.Along with Joseph Paul Gaimard he served as naturalist aboard La Coquille under Louis Isidore Duperrey during its circumnavigation of the globe , and the Astrolabe under the command of Jules Dumont d'Urville...

 he served as naturalist on the ships L'Uranie under Louis de Freycinet
Louis de Freycinet
Louis Claude de Saulces de Freycinet was a French navigator. He circumnavigated the earth, and was one of the first to produce a comprehensive map of the coastline of Australia.-Biography:...

 1817-1820, and L'Astrolabe under Jules Dumont d'Urville
Jules Dumont d'Urville
Jules Sébastien César Dumont d'Urville was a French explorer, naval officer and rear admiral, who explored the south and western Pacific, Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica.-Childhood:Dumont was born at Condé-sur-Noireau...

 1826-1829. During this voyage they discovered the now extinct giant skink of Tonga Tachygia
Tachygia is an extinct genus of skink from Tonga. The type and only known species is T. microlepis.-References:** World Conservation Monitoring Centre 1996. . Downloaded on 20 July 2007....


He was the scientific leader on La Recherche (1835–1836) during its expedition to the Arctic Sea. In 1835 Gaimard visited Iceland
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, returning again the following summer as the head of a scientific mission funded by the French government. Out of this trip came the 9 volume Voyage en Islande et au Groënland (8 text volumes, one of geographical illustrations), which was said at the time to be the definitive study of the islands. In 1838, he was the leader of a scientific expedition to Spitsbergen
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His numerous scientific publications include a major work on the results of each of these four great expeditions.

At least two species have been named in his honor:
  • Eualus gaimardii (H. Milne Edwards
    Henri Milne-Edwards
    Henri Milne-Edwards was an eminent French zoologist.Henri Milne-Edwards was the 27th child of William Edwards, an English planter and militia colonel in Jamaica and Elisabeth Vaux, a French. He was born in Bruges, Belgium, where his parents had retired. At that time, Bruges was a part of the...

    , 1837)
  • Byblis gaimardi (Krøyer, 1846)

See also

  • La Recherche Expedition (1838–1840)
    La Recherche Expedition (1838–1840)
    The La Recherche Expedition of 1838-1840 was a French Admiralty expedition whose destination was the North Atlantic and Scandinavian islands, including the Faroe Islands, Spitsbergen and Iceland....

  • European and American voyages of scientific exploration
    European and American voyages of scientific exploration
    The era of European and American voyages of scientific exploration followed the Age of Discovery and were inspired by a new confidence in science and reason that arose in the Age of Enlightenment...

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