1817 – He was born at Port Louis, Mauritius, on the 8th of April.
1846-1852 – He graduate in medicine at Paris, he returned to Mauritius with the intention of practising there, but he went to America.
– He was appointed to the faculty of the Medical College of Virginia where he conducted experiments in the basement of the Egyptian Building.
1859 – He returned to Paris, and he migrated to London, becoming physician to the National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptic.
1864 – He again crossed the Atlantic, and was appointed professor of physiology and neuropathology at Harvard.
1867-1869 – He relinquished and became professor at the École de Medecine in Paris.
1873 – He again returned to America and began to practise in New York.
1894 – He died on the 2nd of April at Sceaux, France.
– He contributed largely to our knowledge of the blood and animal heat, as well as many facts of the highest importance on the nervous system.
He was the first scientist to work out the physiology of the spinal cord, demonstrating that the decussation of the fibres carrying pain and temperature sensation occurs in the cord itself.