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Paul Bertrand (1879–1944): French paleobotanist

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Jean-Pierre Laveine
Jean-Pierre Laveine
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January 01, 1995

Professor Paul Bertrand was undoubtedly one of the most outstanding French paleobotanists of the twentieth century. He spent most of his professional career at the University of Lille (1903–1938) and ended it in Paris (1938–1944), when he was nominated to the National Museum of Natural History.

Paul Bertrand’s interests and knowledge were broad, not just restricted to paleobotany. He taught general paleontology, and his research areas included stratigraphy, botany, and coal geology. He was very concerned about the transmission of knowledge to the general public through museum displays and special exhibitions. By the time of his death, in February 1944, more than 125 publications and 25 book reviews attest to the great productivity that gave him international fame. His national and international renown resulted in numerous awards and honorary citations. His death, hastened by wartime conditions, came at a time when he had reached full scientific maturity. It was a great loss to paleobotany, but his impact on this field is indelible.

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GSA Memoirs

Historical Perspective of Early Twentieth Century Carboniferous Paleobotany in North America

Paul C. Lyons
Paul C. Lyons
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Elsie Darrah Morey
Elsie Darrah Morey
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Robert H. Wagner
Robert H. Wagner
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Geological Society of America
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185
ISBN print:
9780813711850
Publication date:
January 01, 1995

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