Full text: Jahreshefte der Gesellschaft für Naturkunde in Württemberg (Bd. 124, 1969)

1820 Rücktritt als Großmeister der Universität. 
1821 Erneut zum interimistischen Großmeister der Universität ernannt. 
1822 Rücktritt als Großmeister der Universität. 
1824 Präsident einer Sektion des Staatsrates. 
Grand-officier de la Legion d’honneur. 
„Ordre de la Couronne“ vom König von Württemberg. 
1827 Direction de tous les cultes non catholiques (Oberaufsicht über alle 
nichtkatholischen Kirchen). 
1832 Pair von Frankreich. 
Präsident des gesamten Staatsrates. 
16 In einem Brief an seine Schwester Marianne vom 283. Februar 1829 beschrieb 
der englische Geologe CH. LyELL den „esprit de methode“ Cuvırrs: „I got 
into Cuviers sanctum sanctorum yesterday, and it is truly characteristic of the 
man. In every part it displays that extraordinary power of methodising which 
is the grand secret of the prodigious feats which he performs annually with- 
out appearing to give himself the least trouble. But before I introduce you to 
this study, I should tell you that there is first the museum of natural history 
opposite his house, and admirably arranged by himself, then the anatomy 
museum connected with his dwelling. In the latter is a library disposed in a 
suite of rooms, each containing works on one subject. There is one where there 
are all the works on ornithology, in another room all on icthyology, in another 
osteology, in antoher law books, etc. etc. When he is engaged in such works 
as require continual reference to a variety of authors, he has a store shifted 
into one of these rooms, in which everything on that subject is systematically 
arranged, so that in the same work he often makes the round of many apart- 
ments. But the ordinary studio contains no bookshelves. It is a longish room, 
comfortably furnished, lighted from above, and furnished with eleven desks 
to stand to, and two low tables, like a public office for so many clerks. But 
all is for one man, who multiplies himself as author, and admitting no one into 
this room, moves as he finds necessary, or as fancy inclines him, from one 
occupation to another. Each desk is furnished with a complete establishment 
of inkstand, pens etc., pins to pin MSS. together, the works immediately in 
reading and the MS. in hand, and on shelves behind all the MSS. of the 
same work. There is a separate bell to several desks. The low tables are to 
sit at when he is tired. The collaborators are not numerous, but always chosen 
well. They save him every mechanical labour, find references, etc., are rarely 
admitted to the study, receive orders, and speak not. Brongniart, who in 
imitation of Cuvier has many clerks and collaborateurs, is known to lose 
more time in organising this auxiliary force than he gains by their works, but 
this is never the case with Cuvier.“ 
(Life, letters and journals of Sir Charles Lyell, Bart., ed. Mrs. LyeLiL, London, 
1888, I, S. 249-250.) 
‘7 Siehe J. Pomier: Georges Cuvier, second fondateur de L’Universite, Revue de 
Paris, 39, S. 855—115 (1932). H. PucGEeT: Cuvier au Conseil d’etat, Revue politi- 
que et parlementaire, 152, S. 300-319 (1932). L. P. WıLL14AMs: Science, educa- 
tion and the French Revolution, Isis, 44, S. 311-330 (1953) und L. P. WıLLIAMS: 
Science, education, and Napoleon I, Isis, 47, S. 369—382 (1956). Zitiert nach 
W. COLEMAN (1964, S. 197). Eine eingehende Würdigung findet sich ferner 
bei J. VıEnorT (1932). 
® GEORGES-LOUIS LECLERC, nach seiner Besitzung in Burgund DE Burron ge- 
nannt, wurde später in den Grafenstand erhoben. Er wurde am 7. September 
1707 in Montbar geboren und starb am 16. April 1788 in Paris. Mehr als die 

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