Michel Gabriel Paccard was a Savoyard doctor and alpinist, citizen of the Kingdom of Sardinia.
Born in Chamonix, he studied medicine in Turin. Due to his passion for botany and minerals, he met Horace-Bénédict de Saussure, who initiated the race to be the first to ascend Mont Blanc.
Gaston Rébuffat wrote "Like Saussure a devotee of the natural sciences, he has a dream: to carry a barometer to the summit and take a reading there. An excellent mountaineer, he has already made several attempts." Paccard had a first, unsuccessful, attempt in 1783 with Marc Theodore Bourrit. In 1784, he made several attempts with Jacques Balmat before they made the first ascent of Mont Blanc together on 8 August 1786.
Address 39 Avenue Michel Croz, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc 74400, France
Coordinates 45°55'24.571" N 6°52'13.552" E