Jean-Henri Fabre


Born
in St Léons, France
December 22, 1823

Died
October 11, 1915

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Fabre was born in Saint-Léons in Aveyron, France. Fabre was largely an autodidact, owing to the poverty of his family. Nevertheless, he acquired a primary teaching certificate at the young age of 19 and began teaching at the college of Ajaccio, Corsica, called Carpentras. In 1852, he taught at the lycée in Avignon.

Fabre went on to accomplish many scholarly achievements. He was a popular teacher, physicist, chemist and botanist. However, he is probably best known for his findings in the field of entomology, the study of insects, and is considered by many to be the father of modern entomology. Much of his enduring popularity is due to his marvelous teaching ability and his manner of writing about the lives of insects in biographical form, whi
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Fabre's Book of Insects

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The Story Book of Science

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The Life of the Spider

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The Sacred Beetle and Others

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More books by Jean-Henri Fabre…
“What matters in learning is not to be taught, but to wake up.”
Jean-Henri Fabre, The Passionate Observer

“The mind is an activity, not a repository.”
Jean-Henri Fabre, The Passionate Observer

“Permanence of instinct must go with permanence of form...The history of the present must teach us the history of the past.
[Referring to studying fossil remains of the weevil, largely unchanged to the present day.]”
Jean-Henri Fabre, The Life and Love of the Insect

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