Jean Paul Vuillemin

Jean Paul Vuillemin (13 February 1861 – 25 September 1932 in Malzéville) was a French mycologist born in Docelles.

Jean Paul Vuillemin (1861-1932)

He studied at the University of Nancy, earning his medical doctorate in 1884. In 1892 he obtained his doctorate in sciences at the Sorbonne, and from 1895 to 1932 he was a professor of natural history at the medical faculty in Nancy.[1]

He described the genera Spinalia and Zygorhynchus. The mushroom genus Vuilleminia (Maire) is named after him.[1] In 1889 he employed the term "antibiotic" when describing the substance pyocyanin.[2]

In 1901 he transferred the yeast-like fungus that was named Saccharomyces hominis by Otto Busse and Saccharomyces neoformans by Francesco Sanfelice to the genus Cryptococcus due to its absence of ascospores.[3][4] The French Academy of Sciences awarded him the Prix Montagne for 1902.[5]

In 1912 Vuillemin created the genus Beauveria to honor Jean Beauverie for his work the previous year on the type species - B. bassiana - transferring it from Botrytis.[6]


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