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Nature volume 85, pages 379384 (19 January 1911) | Download Citation



ON Monday next, January 23, an important development in Oceanographical Science will take place by the inauguration of the Oceariographical Institute in Paris, which has been founded and endowed by the Prince of Monaco. In NATURE of April 14 and November 3, 1910, notices appeared of the opening of the Oceanographical Museum founded by the Prince at Monaco, and a description of the museum and its objects was given by Mr. J. Y. Buchanan. With the opening of the Institute next week, a further development will take place; for the Institute will now be composed of, first, the Institute at Paris; secondly, the Museum at Monaco. The Prince has described the Museum at Monaco as the workshop, and the Institute in Paris as the retail house. The Institute is French and international—French because its seat is in Paris, directed by a French administrative committee consisting of M. Emile Loubet, M. W. Darboux, M. Cailletet, Dr. P. Regnard, Mr. Georges Kohn, and Mr. Louis Mayer; international because the scientific and technical direction is in the hands of what is termed the “Comité de Perfectionnement,” of which the president is the Prince of Monaco, and the vice-president Mr. J. Y. Buchanan, while the other British members are Sir John Murray, K.C.B., and Dr. W. S. Bruce. The committee also includes the names of many eminent French, German, Scandinavian, and other oceano-graphers. While the Museum is under the direction of Dr. Jules Richard, the Institute in Paris is under the administration of Dr. P. Regnard. Three professors are connected with the Institute—M. Joubin for biological oceanography, M. Berget for physical oceanography, and M. Portier for the physiology of marine creatures. After the opening of the Institute on January 23 the Comite de Perfectionnement will meet, and future arrangements for the development of the Institute will be duly considered.

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