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Pius Font i Quer, leader in modern Catalan Botany

Dr Font i Quer together with some students of the Faculty of Pharmacy during a scientific trip to the Montseny Mountain in 1921. Photo: J. Cuatrecasas / Arxiu Subirà - CeDocBiv

Dr Font i Quer together with some students of the Faculty of Pharmacy during a scientific trip to the Montseny Mountain in 1921. Photo: J. Cuatrecasas / Arxiu Subirà - CeDocBiv

07/05/2013

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The scientist Pius Font i Quer was born on 9th April 1888 in Lleida. He was professor of Botany at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the UB and he founded the modern Catalan botany school. To celebrate his 125th anniversary, the portal Biologia de la Conservació de Plantes (BioC), of the Faculty of Pharmacy, wants to pay tribute to Dr Font i Quer's scientific career. He is considered the most important 20th century Catalan botanist for his contributions to research and scientific dissemination, as well as for his role as promoter and manager of the most relevant Catalan nature research institutions.

Font i Quer, sentenced after the Civil War, is the author of some reference works, such as Diccionario de botánica (1953) and Plantas medicinales (1962). He has bee a model for the following generations of naturalists, sucha as Ramon Margalef, Pere Montserrat or Oriol de Biolòs. Besides his scientific profile, BioC portal provides some images —given by the pharmacist Antoni Subirà i Rocamora— of Dr Font i Quer together with his students of Botany during a scientifc trip to Les Agudes, in the Montseny Mountain.

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