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Fernand Demaret

On the 27th of December 2008, Fernand Demaret, Honorary Director of the National Botanic Garden of Belgium, died at the age of 97.

Fernand Demaret mastered in botany and became Doctor of Science at the University of Liège in 1934. In the same year he began his career at the Botanic Garden, where he was appointed Director in 1966.

Before becoming director he was well known for his work on African and Belgian Bryophytes, and for the publication of the Flore générale de Belgique, Bryophytes, first in collaboration with Émile Castagne [vol. II,1-3(1955-57)] and afterwards with Jean-Louis De Sloover [vol. III,1(1968]. When he retired in 1976, he resumed his study of the Bryaceae in collaboration with Rudolf Wilczek (1903-1984) and published in 1993 the last fascicule of the Flore générale de Belgique, Bryophytes [vol. III,2].

Fernand Demaret was very active in the field of nature conservation and was for many years member of the Commission royale des Monuments et Sites ( i.e. The Royal Commission for Monuments and Landscapes). In 1970 he was granted the honour of organising the centenary of the National Botanic Garden of Belgium. It was also under his directorship that in 1973 the garden moved from the centre of Brussels to the nearby Bouchout Domain in Meise.

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