June 22, 2014

Présence de Charles Flahault

Curiously, one of the most important French scientists, Charles Flahault (1852-1935), whose work is essential to modern Botany and Plant Ecology, has been little studied so far. One can find good chapters about his work in general histories of Ecology, like those written by Donald Worster, Pascal Acot, Jean-Marc Drouin, Jean-Paul Deléage, and Patrick Matagne, but not an intellectual biography or an extensive analyses of his work and papers.

In order to fill this gap, Marie-France Flahault is colleting documents and researching about her second cousin for 15 years. She is the president of the Association "Présence de Charles Flahault", which has organized an exhibition in many cities and promoted the documentary "Aigoual, la forêt retrouvée" (Marc Khanne, 2007) about the partnership of Georges Fabre and Charles Flahault for reforestation of 16,000 hectares in northern Montpellier (nowadays in Cévennes National Park).

The exhibition "Flahault, grandeur Nature" will be released in Mont Aigoual, France, next July 4, 2014.

To know more about Charles Flahault and the Association "Présence de Charles Flahault", we suggest the following links:

"Herborisations en zigzag: journal d'un botaniste - Suède-Laponie (1879)/Région méditerranéenne (1887-1896)" (documents réunis et présentés par J.-M. Emberger)
Photothèque Flahault (developed by the University of Montpellier 2)
À la recherche des écrits de Flahault (Tela Botanica)
Testimony of Marie-France Flahault on the exhibition (WebTV UM2)

We thank to Marie-France Flahault for her kindness and the cooperation with our research on Jacques Huber, who was a student and worked with Charles Flahault from 1890 to 1893.

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