Thursday, October 1, 2015
Antoine Portal 13.11.1971
Sesquicentennial of the founding of the National Academy of Medicine and Baron Antoine Portal was first president: The stamp on the FDC depicts Antoine Portal and first Session of Academy
Antoine Portal had the distinction of surviving all the regimes he lived through and of receiving honours from each of them. Dupont (1999) said of him: « He lived through all the regimes without too much trouble, swearing allegiance to five kings, to a republic and to an emperor. ». When he entered the Academy of Sciences, Voltaire, who also attended the academy, said the following statement about him: « So this is the doctor who knows how to discover the secrets of life by delving into death(Lemaire, 1992 & 2003). » In 1764, he defended his Phd thesis.