Space Sciences

Jardin de Lorixa – A Lost Herbal from the 18th Century

Under the title “Ellemans botanique des plante du Jardin de Lorixa, leur vertu et quallite, tans conus que celle qui ne le sont pas, avec leur fleur, fruis et grainne”, the Central library of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris holds a 14- volume folio manuscript, twelve of which contain 722 double-folio paintings of 720…

From the Archives: Herbarium of Legris and Meher-Homji

A herbarium is a critical resource for biodiversity, ecological, and evolutionary research studies. It is a primary data source of dried and labeled plant specimens that is arranged to allow for easy retrieval access and archival storage. A herbarium is like a library, but differs in that the information is stored in a biological form––as pressed, dried, and annotated plant specimens .

Pierre Legris and the IFP Herbarium

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Pondicherry was a provincial town in the south of India. Sunny in its appearance, Pondicherry became the focal point of the beginnings and advancement of botanical studies in India. The French Institute rose to prominence in the field. In the wake of India’s focus on scientific institution building…

Compu-Graphics to Visual Analytics: 80s and after

After the Indo-French Compu-Graphics and Planning Project was over in 1985, I moved back to France as a Technical Counsellor to the Cabinet of the Minister for Cooperation, to develop, with Luc de Golbéry, a Visual Decision Support Information System in “Cellule de Synthèse et d’Information Rapide – CSIR”[1], a Unit for Synthesis and Rapid…

Geographical research in Andhra Pradesh by French Scholars

Jean Gallais initiated French geographic research in united Andhra Pradesh in 1962 through cooperation with Osmania University and the University of Strasbourg where he was a professor of geography. At the end of the agreement, young researchers from the two geography departments would exchange views to undertake work on fundamental themes corresponding to the research…

Les Recherches Geographiques Francaises En Andhra Pradesh

 C’est Jean Gallais qui amorça la recherche géographique française dans l’Andhra Pradesh unie de 1962 à travers une coopération avec Osmania University et  l’université de Strasbourg où il était professeur de géographie. Au terme de l’accord de jeunes chercheurs des deux départements de géographie s’échangeraient pour entreprendre des travaux sur des thèmes fondamentaux correspondant aux…

French Medicine and Training in India

On 30th June 1898, Father Just-Théodore Falourd, a French missionary in Pondichéry died in a syncope a few hours after his surgery. Father Falourd was one of the sincerest missionaries who were working in Pondichéry in the late nineteenth century. His unfortunate demise happened in Hôpital Colonial.  The Jesuit missionaries were among the first people to bring…

NII, AIIMS, and CEFIPRA: My Collaborations with India

Gérard Charles Paul Chaouat I fell in love with India over several years of collaboration with Indian scientists. I usually prefer to live outside the metropolitan bustle. However, being in Delhi was inevitable. I was witness to the slow disappearance of the star-spangled night sky of Delhi. I liked to be in Delhi, especially for…

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