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Henri Coquand
(1811/3-1881)

French geologist and paleontologist Prof. Henri Coquand was a native of Charente, and served as a French correspondent for the British journal Nature. He helped found the Natural History Museum of Aix-in-Provence in 1838, after the City Council of Aix-en-Provence approved an allowance that would support the museum, make its natural history collection available for viewing by the public, and provide instruction in geology. Coquand was elected a member of the Academy of Aix in 1839 and received his Doctor of Science degree in Paris in 1841. He left Aix-en-Provence in 1844 and moved to Morocco in 1846, where he stayed for several years as the first professional geologist ever to visit that country. He then spent several years in Tuscany. In 1852, he held the chair of Geology and Mineralogy at Besanšon, Marseille, and again from 1859 to 1864. He was a councilor of Marseille from 1871 until his death in 1881. The mineral coquandite was named in his honor in 1992, in recognition of his extensive studies of the antimony deposits of Tuscany
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