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French naturalist Joseph Paul Gaimard was born 1n 1796, in France. Little is known of his childhood and formal education.
Between 1826 and 1829, he and Jean René Constant Quoy served as naturalists on voyages carried out by the ships La Coquille, and L’Astrolabe.
In 1835 he visited Iceland, and served as scientific leader on the French corvette La Recherche, on its expedition to the Arctic sea, returning the next year. That summer he returned to Iceland as head of a scientific expedition funded by the French government. In 1838 he led a scientific expedition to Spitsbergen.
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