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Adèle Dumont d'Urville

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Adèle Dumont d'Urville
Adèle Dorothée Pépin

Died8 May 1842
Known forWife of French explorer Jules Dumont d'Urville

Adèle Dumont d'Urville (née Adèle Dorothée Pépin, also spelled as Adélie, 1798 – 8 May 1842) was the wife of French explorer Jules Dumont d'Urville, after whom Adélie Land, Adele Island, Adélie penguin and Cape Pepin are named. While Adélie Land, Adele Island and Cape Pepin were named by Jules Dumont d'Urville in honor of his wife, the penguin was named after Adélie Land where it was discovered.[1] In 1981, an airmail postage stamp of the French Antarctic Territory featuring Adèle Dumont d'Urville was released.[2]


Adèle Dumont d'Urville was born in the family of watchmaker Joseph Marie Pépin. She met her future husband in Pépin's shop, which Dumont d'Urville visited several times. She married Dumont d'Urville on 1 May 1815 in Toulon.[3] The ceremony was quiet, with a few guests from both sides. They had at least four children from the marriage, but none survived to adulthood.[3] Adèle later bought a bastide with a garden outside Toulon. She died with her husband and son Jules in a derailment at Meudon.[4] They are buried at Montparnasse Cemetery.[4] The French National Archives contain letters of Adèle Dumont d'Urville.[citation needed]


  1. ^ David G. Ainley (2002). The Adélie Penguin: Bellwether of Climate Change. Columbia University Press. p. 5. ISBN 023112306X.
  2. ^ "French Antarctic Territory 1981 Adele Dumont d"Urville MUH lot58898". Stamp Mall. Archived from the original on 11 October 2016. Retrieved 26 March 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b "Story: Dumont d'Urville, Jules Sébastien César". The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 26 March 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b Beau Riffenburgh (2007). Encyclopedia of the Antarctic. 1. Taylor & Francis. p. 352. ISBN 0415970245.
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