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My professional career
- Medical Doctor (Université catholique de Louvain) - 1970, summa cum laude
- Specialist in Internal Medicine (Université catholique de Louvain) - 1975
- Agrégation for University Teaching (Université catholique de Louvain) - 1983
- Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom - 1997-2009
- Guest Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine of the Université catholique de Louvain - 1999-2010
- Member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology - 2005-2008
- Appointment as a Clinical Pharmacologist in the pharmaceutical industry - 1986-2008
I am taking advantage of my retirement to devote myself more intensely to botany.
My passion for botany
Since my adolescence I have a passion for botany. Botany has become in a way a second occupation.
My passion for gardening began about twenty years ago. I have a passion for above all rock plants and botanical bulbs - particularly hardy autumn-flowering bulbs, of which I have about thirty different species - and garden cyclamens. Within this framework I have special contacts with specialised nurseries of botanical bulbs as Verberghe Bloembollen, Rita van der Zalm and De Bolle-Jist, and of perennial plants as Jan Spruyt-Van der Jeugd, and experts as Mark Griffiths and Jan Bravenboer.
I am friend and botanical adviser of Ivo Pauwels - a green author well-known in Dutch-speaking Belgium - whom I have met about ten years ago during a memorable garden tour in Portugal. Shortly thereafter Ivo made an article on my hobby and we progressively became friends. Ivo has said once that my garden - although relatively small - was a living herbarium. I am reviewing and criticising his books and his articles in order to ensure their botanical accuracy.
In the Pyrenees with Nathalie Morel and Jean-Sébastien Gion In the mountains of Norway In the Vanoise In the Hautes Fagnes In the Grandes Rousses In the rain forest in amphoe Umphang, Thailand In the Baie de Somme
I have participated with Ivo and other green journalists in garden tours. So, we have visited gardens and natural reserves in Portugal, Madeira, the Canary Islands, France, Wales, Ireland, and Belgium. I have also visited several times the garden fairs, among others that of Beervelde and of Hex. I have written some botanical articles in Les Jardins d'Eden – De Tuinen van Eden, among others about hardy autumn-flowering bulbs, Araceae, cyclamens, Actaea species and snowflakes, and about the flora of the Pyrenees. I have also been an advisor of botanical books edited by Ludion. Meneerke bloem (English: Mister Flower) is my nickname, given by friends of my future spouse, when I was a student at the University.
My contributions to the Wikimedia Foundation
I have uploaded about 6,000 pictures, mainly of botanical bulbs, alpine and rock plants, and tropical plants. See my uploads. I am also regularly classifying and categorising pictures of plants, and moving incorrectly named pictures of plants. I am taking advantage of the wise advice of Túrelio and Orchi.
|Dear Réginald, this botany barnstar is offered in gratitude for nearly 4 years of contributing to Commons, helping with your botanical expertise in the classification of unidentified species, including the valuable mentoring work in your „Ghislain project”. Your first plant image upload, File:Cyclamen hederifolium.jpg, was on February 9, 2007. --Túrelio (talk) 16:11, 31 January 2011 (UTC)|