Jussieu, Antoine-Laurent de (1748–1836), a French botanist. One of a family of five distinguished botanists, Jussieu studied under his uncle, Bernard de Jussieu (1699–1777), whose work he incorporated into Genera Plantarum (1788–89), a treatise on plant classification. It divided plants into three primary divisions—the acotyledons (plants lacking seed leaves), the monocotyledons (plants with one seed leaf), and the dicotyledons (plants with two seed leaves). Plants were further grouped into 100 families, many of which are still recognized today. Jussieu was professor at the Museum of Natural History, Paris, 1793–1826, and organized its botanical collections.
He was born exactly 300 years after Galileo died. He has yet to be awarded a Nobel Prize, although he was awarded a guest spot on “The Simpsons.” What else do you know (or not know) about this acclaimed physicist?
The man immortalized on the left was behind the three laws of motion and the universal law of gravitation. He was also competitive, temperamental and fascinated with alchemy. How well do you know Newton?