Martin de La Soudière ethnologue au Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Auteurs de nombreux ouvrages, en particulier: «Jours de guerre au village-Années noires, années vertes en Auvergne et Margeride, 1939-1950",Polignac (Haute-Loire), Éditions du Roure, 2011
Professor Jean Coudert: Scientist and Humanist.
This short preface is one of the most difficult tasks I had to carry out during my scientific life. Should I talk about the researcher who inspired and produced original work for the advancement of scientific knowledge relating to physiological principles and clinical applications of exercise for children, adults and athletes living at high and low altitudes ? A recent PubMed search * showed that Prof. Coudert authored or co-authored over 170 scientific papers in this field. Or should I mention the charismatic leader who guided and mentored so many young researchers. Thanks to Jean Coudert many aspiring scholars completed their doctoral dissertations and are now influential Senior Lecturers or Professors at institutions across the globe. Or, finally should I emphasize the man rather than his achievements, whose humanistic philosophy and selfless encouragement left its mark on all who met and worked with him. Over the years, we jointly organised some important congresses in his beloved Auvergne region, attracting some of the seminal figures in our field of scientific endeavour. This would never have been possible without the international recognition of Professor Coudert, as a scientist, mentor and human being.
Emmanuel Van Praagh, Professor Emeritus,
University Blaise Pascal
* Pub Med is the most important citations reference in the area of scientific medical literature.