L Abbe Breul


    M. L'ABBÉ BREUIL, professor in the Institut de Paléontologie Humaine and of prehistory in the Collège de France, has been elected a member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres. This signal honour is conferred in recognition of his work in prehistory and more especially of his studies of the art of the palæolithic age. The Abbé has now been recognized for nearly a generation as the foremost authority on prehistoric archæology not only in France, but also in the whole world ; and his opinion on any disputed point is universally regarded as a court of final appeal. His election to the Academy is a matter of peculiar gratification to his colleagues in France, as it is the first occasion on which the study of early man and his culture has been honoured officially in this manner ; for although de Quatrefages was a member of the Académie des Sciences and Hamy of the Académie des Inscriptions, while Cartailhac was a corresponding member at Toulouse of the latter body, they received these honours, as the editor of L'Anthropologie points out in the current issue (48, 1938, p. 391), not in virtue of their eminence in anthropological studies, but on the ground of other qualifications—de Quatrefages as zoologist, and Hamy for his work on the history of geography and geographical exploration.

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    L Abbe Breul. Nature 142, 244 (1938). https://doi.org/10.1038/142244a0

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