The French palaeontologist and winegrower Auguste Courtiller (1795-1875) studied architecture in Paris. Afterwards he engaged in scientific research in his home town Saumur (Loire). He is one of the founders of the museum there and author of the museum catalogue
For thirty years, he was in charge of the Saumur viticultural station and created the extensive Jardin des Plantes herbarium with vine cuttings. His name is immortalised in some grape varieties, such as the Admirable de Courtiller, which he introduced to the Loire, or the Courtiller Musqué(Muscat Précoce de Saumur), which he selected in 1842. As a paleontologist he described the ammonite species Ammonites cephalotus and Camerunoceras salmuriensis in 1860.