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Felipe Poey

Felipe Poey

Felipe Poey y Aloy (May 26, 1799 — January 28, 1891) was a Cuban zoologist.


Poey was born in Valenciennes with fish specimens from Cuba. He took part in the foundation, in 1832, of the Société Entomologique de France.

Poey returned to Cuba in 1833 where he founded the Museum of Natural History in 1839. In 1842 he became the first professor of zoology and comparative anatomy at the University of Havana. He also took part in the creation of the Academy of Science (natural, physical and medical) of Havana and was a president of the anthropological Society.



  • Centurie de Lepidoptere de L'Ile de Cuba (Paris, 1832)
  • Compilation of Geography of the Island of Cuba (1836)
  • Curso de zoología, profesado en la Real Universidad de la Habana (Havana, 1843)
  • Memories on the Natural History of the Island of Cuba (1851 et 1856-1858)
  • Historia Natural de la Isla de Cuba (2 vols., 1860)
  • Poissons de l'île de Cuba (1874)
  • Ictiología Cubana, a 20-volume work on the fishes of Cuba
  • Enumeratio piscium Cubensium (1875–1876)


Cuba commemorated the 175 birthday of Poey’s birth by a series of six stamps and a stamp sheet in 1974. This same country celebrated the 200th anniversary birthday of his birth by the emission of a series of

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