He was born in Paris on the 1 April 1821. Entering the medical profession, he practised as a doctor for a number of years. After the revolution of 1870, he was appointed inspector-general of benevolent institutions. He was one of the founders of the school of anthropology of Paris, and was appointed a professor there in 1876. His Demographic figurée de la France (1874) is an able statistical study of the population of France. He died at Neuilly on 28 February 1883.
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