[Taxacom] Jean-Noël LABAT - Paris Herbarium

Germinal Rouhan rouhan at mnhn.fr
Thu Jan 13 11:57:28 CST 2011

Dear colleagues,

It is with great regret that the Paris Herbarium staff wishes to inform 
you of the recent passing away, at the age of 51, of our esteemed 
colleague and friend, the Pr. Jean-Noël LABAT, Chief Scientific Curator 
of the Paris Herbarium, Museum national d’Histoire naturelle (MNHN – 
Paris, P & PC).

Jean-Noël was an enthusiast botanist and the scientific Head of the 
National Herbarium. After completing his PhD on wild Mexican oaks and 
the flora of Michoacan, he was recruited as Assistant-Professor in 1989 
at the Muséum, then as Professor in 2005. Jean-Noël initiated the 
databasing and digitization projects at the Herbarium while conducting 
botanical research, mainly in Madagascar and Comoros, but also in 
New-Caledonia and other tropical areas. He collaborated with many 
colleagues worldwide, supervising students and inviting researchers to 
work on the Paris collections. He also led large scale inventories, 
facilitated the implementation of newly established herbaria, described 
many new taxa, and co-authored the major work, “The Leguminosae of 
Jean-Noël was strongly involved in collective duties; he was also the 
vice-president of the Scientific council for the Muséum, the National 
University Committee, the “Sud-Expert Plantes” initiative, the AETFAT 
organisation committee and various other structures in which he always 
emphasized the crucial importance of keeping the link alive between 
research and collections.
He always acted humanely as a colleague, friend and advisor; he was 
always willing to involve himself in the everyday life of the botany 
department, and of the MNHN in general. He has left a gaping void, both 
human and scientific.

Should you wish to, you can send your messages or testimonies to 
herbier at mnhn.fr.

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