Professor Henri-Charles Dubourguier

Professor Henri-Charles Dubourguier (06.02.1948-11.03. 2010) was an outstanding professor of the Estonian University of Life Sciences. Prof. Dubourguier was Scientific Director in INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research) of Lille in 1981-1988. He was Deputy Director of IAAL (Institut Agricole et Alimentaire de Lille) and Professor of microbiology in the University of Lille. From 1993 to 2008 he worked in the Institut Supérieur d’Agriculture of Lille as a professor of environmental sciences.

In 2004, he was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of the Estonian University of Life Sciences. From 2006 until his death, he worked as a professor at the Estonian University of Life Sciences. In 2007 helped to form the laboratory of Bio- and Environmental Chemistry, which focused on bioconversion of wastes and biogas production from Estonian energy crops, supervised by him. In 2008 Prof. H.C. Dubourguier moved to Estonia altogether and continued as a Professor in the EMU and a Leading Scientist in the National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics (NICPB, Tallinn) in the team of Dr. Anne Kahru.

Prof Dubourguier was the main supervisor for 4 PhD students at the Estonian University of Life Sciences. His day-to-day work had a significant role in increasing the visibility and competence in several essential scientific fields of the Estonian University of Life Sciences (environmental protection, renewable energy, sustainable development, internationalization of studies etc). Prof Dubourguier had a leading role in the initiation and participation of many international seminars, cooperation and research projects. 

Even years later, prof. Dubourguier’s research achievements and scientific productivity reflects highly in the statistics of the Estonian University of Life Sciences. He is still among the 1 % of the most-cited researchers in the world in environmental sciences and ecology, crossing the threshold of the scientific field (711, from 2006 to 2016) more than 50%. Furthermore, his PhD student Margit Heinlaan has reached among the 1% of the top scientists.