- Georges Louis Le·clerc [zhawrzh lwee luh-kler] /ʒɔrʒ lwi ləˈklɛr/, Comte de,1707–88, French naturalist.
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With all the learning of a Buffon and a Cuvier, he was simple and unaffected as a child.Arthur O'Leary
Charles James Lever
It is a mistake to suppose that Buffon was par excellence a maker of hypotheses.
What is new in Buffon is his interpretation of the unity of plan.
She formed a warm and true friendship with Buffon and Thomas.Historical and Political Essays
William Edward Hartpole Lecky
The figures of both these animals are in Buffon's Natural History.A Trip to Paris in July and August 1792
- Georges Louis Leclerc (ʒɔrʒ lwi ləklɛr), Comte de . 1707–88, French encyclopedist of natural history; principal author of Histoire naturelle (36 vols., 1749–89), containing the Époques de la nature (1777), which foreshadowed later theories of evolution
- French naturalist who spent his life compiling the Histoire naturelle, in which he attempted to discuss all of the facts about the natural world known at that time. It eventually reached 44 volumes and laid the foundation for later studies in biology, zoology, and anatomy.