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Jean-Henri Fabre

Jean-Henri Fabre

1823-1915

Jean-Henri Casimir Fabre was a French naturalist, entomologist, and author known for his pioneering work in the field of insect behavior. Born in Saint-Léons in the Aveyron region of France, Fabre displayed an early fascination with nature, spending much of his childhood exploring the countryside around his home.

After completing his education, Fabre became a science teacher, a profession he pursued for most of his life. Despite lacking formal scientific training, he made significant contributions to the understanding of insect behavior through meticulous observation and experimentation. Fabre's keen insights challenged prevailing scientific beliefs of his time, earning him recognition as the "Homer of the insects" and the "Fabre of the Little Ones."

His extensive studies culminated in numerous publications, including the multi-volume work "Souvenirs Entomologiques" (Entomological Memoirs), which detailed his observations and experiments with insects. Fabre's writing style was engaging and accessible, appealing to both scientists and laypeople alike. His work influenced generations of naturalists and helped lay the foundation for the field of ethology, the study of animal behavior.

Jean-Henri Fabre's legacy endures as a testament to the power of curiosity, observation, and perseverance in advancing scientific knowledge.

Important Works:

  • Souvenirs Entomologiques (Entomological Memoirs)
  • The Life of the Spider
  • The Mason-Bees
  • The Hunting Wasps
  • The Life of the Fly
  • The Story-Book of Science