Paul Émile de Puydt
Botanist, Deceased Person
1810 – 1891
Who was Paul Émile de Puydt?
Paul Émile de Puydt, a writer whose contributions included work in botany and economics, was born and died in Mons, Belgium. His father name was Jean Ambroise de Puydt, who was governor of the Province Hainaut in the early days of Belgium from 1830 till 1834. In the first marriage of his father there were 6 children. The famous Remi de Puydt came from this first marriage. He is a half brother of Paul Emile de Puydt. Remi de Puydtwas a civil engineer, a politician and served in the Belgian army as colonel.
Paul-Emile was the second child of four children out of the second marriage of his father Jean Ambroise de PUYDT, who married in 1799 with Marie Adélaïde Jeanne MICHOT. As a botanist, Paul Émile de Puydt notably wrote on orchids. The standard botanical author abbreviation De Puydt is applied to species he described.
After his study, he turned to journalism and worked as an editor of "L'Obsevateur du Hainaut". Together with Henri-Florent Delmotte and Hippolyte Rousselle, he wrote in 1831, the year where the current Belgium became separated from the northern Netherlands the theatre piece "Le candidat à la royauté: esquisse en trois tableaux mêlés de couplets". This piece was played in Mons in 1831. He then participated in the government, and he was also director of the Mont-de-piété of Mons. In his free time he was interested in botany, and he developed a pronounced interest in orchids. Since 1831 he was secretary of the founded societé d'horticulture de Mons. In 1833 he worked on the foundation of the Societé de arts et des lettres du Hainaut, where he was vice-president and from 1865 president.
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