30 años de la AHA

El primer Presidente de la AHA: Raymond F. Laurent

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Cuadernos de Herpetología 28 (1): 5-10, 2014 Mfabrezi@aol.com

Abstract

Herein, we present a summary about the contribution to the herpetology by Raymond F. Laurent (1916-2005) who was the first president of the Asociación Herpetologica Argentina. Born in Belgium, he worked as researcher at Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren and at Harvard University, and explored the herpetology in Uvira, Rwanda and Katanga. In 1964 he moved to San Miguel de Tucumán (Argentina) to research in CONICET and Fundación Miguel Lillo, and to teach at the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán. He published more than 200 papers on taxonomy, systematics and morphology of African and South American herpetofauna. Most of these studies still constitute the basis to understand some classifications. As the first AHA’s president, he encouraged young people to carry on new research topics and was a caring mentor and a major influence in the development of the career of many Argentine herpetologists. Furthermore, he contributed to increase the level of the Herpetology among the Biological Sciences in Argentina.

Key words:

Aniversario AHA; Herpetología; Historia

Received: Mar. 14, 2013 ▪ Revised: Jul. 05, 2013 ▪ Accepted: Sep. 24, 2013

Associate Editor: J. Goldberg
Fabrezi, M.; Abdala, V. & Lobo, F. 2014. El primer Presidente de la AHA: Raymond F. Laurent. Cuadernos de Herpetología 28: 5-10.