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Pierre Miquel: the first professional aerobiologist

  • Paul Comtois
Historical Biography


Pierre Miquel (1850–1922) was one of the fathers of Aerobiology, which he called Atmospheric Micrography. After studying both Pharmacy and Medicine, he decided to investigate, under strict protocols, the living organisms of the atmosphere, brought to light by Pasteur some 20 years earlier. All his aerobiological work was done at Paris Montsouris Observatory where he was ‘chief micrographer’ for 34 years. He was an active promoter of using only volumetric methods, and an early believer in ‘micrography statistics’. His most important works dealing with aerobiology were related to weather influences on atmospheric bioaerosols and on their impacts on epidemic diseases.


Pierre Miquel Micrography Montsouris Observatory Paris Aerobiology 


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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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