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He catalogued plants. He served as chief melter and refiner at the New Orleans Mint from 1838 to 1849. He was a medical doctor, completing two different degrees, one of which he renounced. He advocated for the germ theory of disease at time when the miasma theory was more widely accepted. (“Animiculae” – which could be perceived under microscropes – were thought to be a consequence of the illness which was caused by a miasma.) While teaching at the Louisiana Medical College (now Tulane University), he invented the binocular microscope. He carried out geographical and botanical surveys of Texas. John Leonard Riddell was also the first working scientist to publish a science fiction story, publishing in 1847 Orrin Lindsay’s Plan of Aerial Navigation, with a Narrative of His Explorations in the Higher Regions of the Atmosphere, and His Wonderful Voyage Round the Moon!
From Texas to the Moon with John Leonard Riddell here.