S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Boivin, Mr Louis Hyacinthe (plant collection)

Born: 27 August 1808, Compiègne, Oise, France.
Died: 7 October 1852, Brest, Brittany, France.

Louis H. Boivin, French botanist and explorer was the son of a pharmacist. He initially studied medicine, but then switched to botany, which he studied under R.L. Desfontaines and A.H.L. de Jussieu. He was the official botanist of the Oise Expedition (1846-1852) to the islands of the Indian Ocean, during which he also collected animals. The expedition visited the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Eritrea, Senegal, Socotra, Tanzania, Cape of Good Hope, Comoros, Madagascar, Mayotte, Mauritius, Reunion and the Seychelles. While on the expedition he contracted malaria and died the day after its return to France.

Eight of his plant collections, made around Simons Bay at the Cape, were offered for sale in 1853. He is commemorated in the names of the plant genera Boivinella, Neobiovinella and Boivinia, as well as in the names of numerous species, including Lobelia boivinii and Gonatopus boivinii. In addition the land snail Pseudoglessula boivini, which occurs from central to south-east Africa, was named after him in 1860.

List of sources:
Aluka - a digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa. http://www.aluka.org, as on 200812/16.

Gunn, M. & Codd, L.E. Botanical exploration of southern Africa. Cape Town: Balkema, 1981.

Herbert, D. & Kilburn, D. Field guide to the land snails and slugs of eastern South Africa. Pietermaritzburg: Natal Museum, 2004.

Compiled by: C. Plug