Emmanuel de Martonne
|Emmanuel de Martonne|
Emmanuel de Martonne, taken before 1929
1 April 1873|
|Died||24 July 1955
Early life and education
He was born on 1 April 1873 in Chabris, Indre, France, and was the son-in-law of Paul Vidal de la Blache. In 1882, he entered the École Normale Supérieure. He graduated three years later with a degree in history and geography. After that, he worked with Ferdinand von Richthofen and Albrecht Penck.
During the Paris Peace Conference after World War I, he was an adviser of Minister of Foreign Affairs André Tardieu and Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau, and he also lobbied for the return of Alsace-Lorraine to the French. De Martonne was also secretary of the Comité D'études, which worked on fixing boundary issues following the war, especially in Romania and the Balkans. He was familiar with Central Europe and Romania, as he had conducted studies in the Southern Carpathians earlier in his life.
Awards and honors
He became an honorary member of the Geographical Society of the USSR in 1933., and, from 1938 to 1952, was president of the International Geographical Union. He was awarded the Cullum Geographical Medal in 1939, and the Victoria Medal in 1950. He became a member of the French Academy of Sciences in 1942.
In 1909, he published the first edition of his book Traité de géographie physique: Climat, Hydrographie, Relief du sol, Biogéographie. It contains 396 three-dimensional, painstakingly researched illustrations and maps. It covers many aspects of geography, including different map projections, the geographic coordinate system, physical geography, climate, hydrography, erosion, glaciers, and biogeography. The second edition was published in 1913, and the third in 1920.
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