Cuvier (ku'-ve-a), George Leopold Christian Frederick Dagobert, Baron. Born at Montebeliard in the duchy of Wurttemberg in 1769. Cuvier devoted himself to the study of natural history, and gained extraordinary celebrity. He was placed by Bonaparte in the most important offices in the department of public instruction. The additions Cuvier made to the general stock of knowledge gave him fame throughout the civilized world, and he was received with appropriate honors by scientists when he visited England in 1818 and in 1830. Cuvier died in 1832.