One of the oldest French learned societies, founded in 1821 and recognized as a public utility since 1827 and the oldest geographic society in the world. The Geographical Society was founded at a meeting on 15 December 1821 in the Paris Hôtel de Ville.

The Hôtel de Ville, is the building housing the city’s local administration, standing on the place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville. The birtplace of the Société de Géographie / Image: memolands.com

Among its 217 founders were some of the greatest scientific names of the time, including the Society’s first president Pierre-Simon Laplace, Georges Cuvier, Charles Pierre Chapsal, Vivant Denon, Joseph Fourier, Gay-Lussac, Claude Louis Berthollet, Alexander von Humboldt, Champollion, and François-René de Chateaubriand.

Most of the men who had accompanied Bonaparte in his Egyptian expedition were members: Edme-François Jomard, Conrad Malte-Brun, Jules Dumont d’Urville, Jules Paul Benjamin Delessert, Hottinguer, Henri Didot, Bottin and others such as Jean-Baptiste Benoît Eyriès.

Hotel de Ville 1820 or earlier / Image: Jean-Baptiste Arnout & Francois-Séraphin Delpech

Featured Image: Pierre-Simon Laplace, Georges Cuvier, Charles Pierre Chapsal, Vivant Denon, Joseph Fourier, Gay-Lussac

Websites: socgeo.com, paris.fr



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