The Gers roots Hubert Reeves a little further on its territory

2023-10-20 17:32:01

Par Fabien Hisbacq
Published on 20 Oct 23 at 7:32 p.m. See my news Follow News Occitanie Hubert Reeves had a special place in the Gers. (©Wikimedia Commons)

The famous astrophysicist Hubert Reeves East mort on October 13, 2023 at the age of 91. And if for many he was a known figure, as a scientific popularizer or a tireless environmentalist, in the Gers, it was much more than that. A special tribute was therefore paid to him in Fleurance Thursday October 19.

Because it is in this commune that is held since 1991 and astronomy festival reputable. An event supported by Hubert Reeves, who had become its godfather.

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The college has been named following him for 23 years

And the link does not stop there, since to act on the “radiation” and “the significant educational impact in the life of the college” of the city, the Department decided to name it in his name in 2000 (it did not have one then). A rare honor for a personality still alive.

“Canadian of origin but Gersois at heart, Hubert Reeves gave the astronomy festival, of which he was the sponsor, a reputation on a European scale, making Fleurance a first-rate place of knowledge on astronomy”, said Philippe Dupouy, the president of the Department, in his speech.

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An astronomy section

Students from the Fleurance astronomy section were of course present at the tribute paid in the college in the company of various elected officials and state representatives.

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An ecologist

“A true jack of all trades, he was also passionate regarding botany, a lover of nature and above all a fervent defender of the environment who raised awareness regarding the fall in biodiversity and the state of our planet,” also recalled Philippe Dupouy .

A green oak was therefore planted in the college courtyard following the ceremony.

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The funeral of Hubert Reeves will take place in Paris on October 25, 2023.

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