, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 63–68 | Cite as

The experimental research of Charles H. Blackley

  • Paul Comtois
Historical Biography


In all monographs dealing with aerobiology as a whole, the work of Charles H. Blackley, "Experimental researches on the causes and nature of Catarrhus Aestivus", published in 1873, is one of the most important references. It is generally accepted as the first text giving evidence of airborne pollen as the cause of hay-fever, and his most cited experiment deals with the collection of airborne particles using kites, 150 years after Benjamin Franklin's own experiments on atmospheric electricity. However, Blackley's experiments encompassed the whole spectra of pneumology, allergology and aerobiology.


Charles H. Blackley Hay-fever Grass pollen Pollen sampling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Comtois
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  1. 1.Laboratoire d'aérobiologie, Département de GéographieUniversité de MontréalMontréalCanada

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