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Laporte, François Louis (1810 - 1880)

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Diplomat, Entomologist and Icthyologist
Born: 25 December 1810  London, England.  Died: 4 February 1880  East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
François Louis Laporte was born in England and studied natural science in France. He worked as a diplomat in many of the French colonies and was appointed Consul-General for France in Melbourne (1864). He was an avid explorer and collector who travelled to the USA, Canada, South America, South Africa and Asia before arriving in Australia. He studied mainly insects and fish and many of his collected specimens are housed at the National Museum in Melbourne. Laporte was known by many pseudonyms including the all-encompassing François Louis Nompar de Caumont La Port Comte de Castelnau which is believed to be the name on his death certificate. He wrote over ninety books and articles in total under the names of Laporte, Delaporte and Castelnau.

Career Highlights
Alternative Names: Comte de Castelnau (Also known as) | Delaporte, François Louis (Also known as) | François Louis Nompar de Caumont La Port Comte de Castelnau (Also known as)

1837 - 1841Travelled to the USA (Texas) and Canada
1843 - 1847Expedition from Rio de Janeiro to Lima to collect speciemens from the Amazon River
1848 - 1856?French consul at Bahia, Brazil
1856 - 1858Expedition to South Africa and Asia
1862Arrived in Australia (Melbourne)
1864 - Consul-General for France, Melbourne
1876Visits to Sydney and Brisbane


Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: McCarthy, G.J.
Created: 20 October 1993
Modified: 29 January 2007

Published by The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on ASAPWeb, 1994 - 2007
Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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