Dumont d'Urville, Jules Sébastien César
Dumont d'Urville, Jules Sébastien César(zhül sābästyăN` sāzär` dümôN` dürvēl`), 1790–1842, French navigator. While on duty (1819–20) in the E Mediterranean, he saw and recognized the importance of the newly discovered Venus of Milo and was influential in having the Louvre secure it. In 1822–25, while serving on the Coquille, he surveyed the Falklands, Tahiti and other Pacific islands, and New Holland (W Australia). In 1826–29 he commanded the Astrolabe in a voyage around the world; searching for the ill-fated La PérouseLa Pérouse, Jean François de Galaup, comte de
, 1741–c.1788, French navigator. A naval captain, in 1785 he took command of two frigate French government expedition that was to search for the Northwest Passage from the Pacific side and to explore along the
..... Click the link for more information. expedition, he explored Fiji and many other islands of Oceania, the New Zealand coast, and the Moluccas. With the Astrolabe and the Zelée he made a second circumnavigation in 1837–40, and in 1840 he penetrated the ice pack south of New Zealand and discovered the Adélie Coast region in Antarctica.
See A. Gurney, The Race to the White Continent (2000).