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Suzanne Mériaux: research, an excellent lesson in humility

Suzanne Mériaux's career did not follow an easy path: as a scientist recruited in what was a very masculine environment at that time, she was very young when she joined a regional centre that did not offer the scientific reputation of those nearer Paris.  Specialised in geology, she developed an approach to the physical structure of soils and water exchanges, within a group that mostly focused on agronomy.  At the age of 36, she took up another challenge when she set up a research centre in the heart of Dijon.  Her entire career reflected her considerable energy and adaptability.  Suzanne Mériaux was finally appointed Scientific Director of INRA's "Physical Environment" sector, which at that time federated research on the environment: a first for the Institute.