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