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Famous People Born in 1785

Person of interestJacob Grimm

Jan 4 Jacob Grimm, German philologist, folklorist and editor of "Grimm's Fairy Tales", born in Hanau, Hesse-Cassel, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1863)

Author Jacob Grimm
Author
Jacob Grimm
  • Jan 23 Carl Adolph Agardh, Swedish botanist & bishop of Karlstad, born in Båstad, Sweden (d. 1859)
  • Feb 10 Claude-Louis Navier, French engineer and physicist who specialized in mechanics (Navier–Stokes equations), born in Dijon, France (d. 1836)
  • Feb 12 Pierre Louis Dulong, French physicist (d. 1838)
  • Feb 21 Karl A Varnhagen von Ense, German officer/author (Die Sterner)
  • Feb 22 Jean Charles Athanase Peltier, Ham, French Physicist (Peltier effect 1834)
  • Mar 6 Karol Kurpiński, Polish composer and conductor (Pygmalion), born in Włoszakowice, Poland (d. 1857)
  • Mar 7 Alessandro Manzoni, Italian poet/novelist (Betrothed)
  • Mar 11 John McLean, American Supreme Court Justice (1829-61) and Postmaster General, born in Morris County, New Jersey (d. 1861)
  • Mar 19 Pierre-Joseph-Guillaume Zimmermann, composer
  • Mar 27 Louis XVII Charles, King of France (1793-95), born in Palace of Versailles, France (d. 1795)
  • Apr 1 J H Ferdinand Olivier, German painter
  • Apr 4 Bettina von Arnim, German writer and composer of the Romantic era (This Book Belongs to the King), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1859)
  • Apr 9 Sibrandus Stratingh, Dutch physician and chemist (electric car), born in Adorp, Netherlands (d. 1841)
  • Apr 19 Alexandre Pierre François Boëly, French composer, born in Versailles, France (d. 1858)

Person of interestJohn James Audubon

Apr 26 John James Audubon, American ornithologist and painter (The Birds of America), born in Les Cayes, Haiti (d. 1851)

Ornithologist John James Audubon
Ornithologist
John James Audubon

  • May 9 James Pollard Espy, American meteorologist (Philosophy of Storms), born in Pennsylvania (d. 1860)
  • May 18 John Wilson, Scottish writer (d. 1854)
  • Jul 6 William Jackson Hooker, English botanist and director (Kew Gardens), born in Norwich, England
  • Jul 14 Mordecai Manuel Noah, American writer, journalist (d. 1851)
  • Jul 20 Mahmud II, Sultan of Turkey (1808-39), born in Topkapı Palace, Istanbul, Turkey (d. 1839)
  • Aug 15 Thomas De Quincey, English writer (Confessions of English Opium Eater), born in Manchester (d. 1859)
  • Aug 19 Seth Thomas, American manufacturer and pioneer in the mass production of clocks, born in Wolcott, Connecticut (d. 1859)
  • Aug 20 Oliver Hazard Perry, American Naval hero (Battle of Lake Erie), born in South Kingstown, Rhode Island (d. 1819)
  • Sep 25 George Pinto, English composer, born in London (d. 1806)
  • Oct 8 Arvid August Afzelius, Swedish poet and historian, born in Fjällåkra, Sweden (d. 1871)
  • Oct 15 José Miguel Carrera, 1st President of Chile (1811-14), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 1821)
  • Oct 18 Thomas Love Peacock, English author (Headlong Hall)
  • Oct 20 George Ormerod, English historian and antiquarian (d. 1873)
  • Oct 31 George F Kersting, German painter, born in Güstrow, Germany (d. 1847)
  • Nov 2 Frederich Kalkbrenner, German-French pianist and composer, born in Kassel, Germany (d. 1849)
  • Nov 2 Johann Leopold Fuchs, German pianist and composer, born in Dessau (d. 1853)
  • Nov 13 Caroline Lamb, English aristocrat, author (Glenarvon), wife of William Lamb, lover of Lord Byron (d. 1828)
  • Nov 18 David Wilkie, British painter, born in Pitlessie Fife, Scotland (d. 1841)

Person of interestWilliam Beaumont

Nov 21 William Beaumont, American surgeon and father of gastric physiology, born in Lebanon, Connecticut (d. 1853)

  • Nov 23 Joannes P Roothaan, 1st Dutch general of the Jesuits (1829-53)
  • Nov 28 Victor de Broglie, 3rd Duke of Broglie, 14th Prime Minister of France (1835-36), born in Paris (d. 1870)