Born on February 2, 1802 in Paris he attended the mining school in St. Etienne and worked in Colombia on behalf of a British mining company. As a colonel he joined SIMON BOLIVAR during the South American liberation war. He travelled to Venezuela down to the Orinoco, Ecuador and Peru and climbed up the Chimborazo. After his return to France he became professor of chemistry in Lyon in 1839. In 1876 he became director of the chemical laboratory of the Institute agronomique. He died on May 12, 1887 in Paris. In his earthquake theory he had the idea of the violent elevation of the hardened crust with subsequent subsidence and the emergence of caves.

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