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Biological Research Station of Roscoff

 Founded in 1872, the Roscoff Biological Station owes its current importance and fame to the patient and tenacious will of its founder, to the development policy pursued against all odds by its successors, all scientists, each helped in its work by cohorts of colleagues, collaborators and students.

For nearly a century and half, the Biological Station has contributed to the training of the elite of French and foreign biologists, including Nobel Prize winners such as André Lwoff and Jacques Monod. Its researchers have been and continue to be at the origin of important advances in all fields of biological sciences.

The founder, Henri de Lacaze-Duthiers (1821-1901), was born at Stiguedern Castle in the Lot et Garonne. Professor of Zoology at the Sorbonne and member of the Academy of Sciences, it was on August 20, 1872, that he signed in Roscoff the official birth certificate of the "Laboratoire de Zoologie expérimentale" and a new scientific journal intended to publish the work to be carried out there.

Zoologist corresponding with Thomas Huxley (the "Darwin's bulldog"), Lacaze-Duthiers wanted to promote French science to a level of excellence, and demonstrate that zoology, considered by Claude Bernard as a purely descriptive science, is an experimental science in the same way as Physiology.