Marie-Victorin KIROUAC

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CanadianBorn Joseph Louis Conrad KIROUAC

A member of Brothers of the Christian Schools and a noted botanist in Quebec, Canada

Born on April 03, 1885 in Kingsey Falls, Quebec, Canada , Canada

Died on July 15, 1944 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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Although Brother Marie-Victorin is on record as having suggested that Montreal build its own botanical gardens as early as 1919, the Garden was authorized by Montreal Mayor Camillien Houde only in 1929, with construction beginning in 1931.

Subsequent administrations, both municipal and provincial, opposed the Garden as a boondoggle; however, Brother Marie-Victorin continued to champion its cause, promoting it at every opportunity, leading specimen-collection expeditions, and even (during the Second World War) protecting it from being converted into a military flight school.


Brother Marie-Victorin is also known for his writings: his Flore laurentienne is a botanical record of all species indigenous to southern Quebec, and was the first such record to be compiled.

Brother Marie-Victorin died in a car accident in July 1944. A building at the Université de Montréal, where he had taught botany, was subsequently named for him.

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