Jean-Baptiste Charcot

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Jean-Baptiste August Étienne Charcot
Jean-Baptiste Charcot.jpg
Born 15 July 1867 (1867-07-15)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Died 16 September 1936 (1936-09-17) (aged 69)
at sea, off Iceland
Nationality French
Occupation Polar explorer, doctor
Spouse(s) Jeanne Hugo
Jean-Baptiste Charcot
Sailing career
Class(es) 0 to 0.5 ton
Updated on 2014-02-08.

Jean-Baptiste August Étienne Charcot (15 July 1867 – 16 September 1936), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, was a French scientist, medical doctor and polar scientist. His father was the neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot (1825–1893).


Jean-Baptiste Charcot was appointed leader of the French Antarctic Expedition with the ship Français exploring the west coast of Graham Land from 1904 until 1907. The expedition reached Adelaide Island in 1905 and took pictures of the Palmer Archipelago and Loubet Coast. From 1908 until 1910, another expedition followed with the ship Pourquoi-Pas, exploring the Bellingshausen Sea and the Amundsen Sea and discovering Loubet Land, Marguerite Bay and Charcot Island, which was named after his father, Jean-Martin Charcot.[1]

Later on, Jean-Baptiste Charcot explored Rockall in 1921 and Eastern Greenland and Svalbard from 1925 until 1936. He died when the Pourquoi-Pas? was wrecked in a storm off the coast of Iceland in 1936. A monument to Charcot was created in Reykjavík, Iceland by sculptor Einar Jónsson in 1936 and another by Ríkarður Jónsson in 1952.

See also


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  • Le "Pourquoi pas?" dans l'Antarctique 1908–1910, Arthaud, Paris, 1996, ISBN 2-7003-1088-8

External links

Funeral of Charcot and his men in front of the Notre Dame, Paris, 1936 
Board in memory of Charcot. Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland 
The Pourquoi-Pas?, Charcot's ship 
Adelaide Island viewed from the west