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Nicolas, Jean Henri (J.H.)

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Rose breeder   Listing last updated on 31 May 2016.
United States
[From The Ultimate Rose Book, 157:] the hybridist for Jackson & Perkins.
[From The Makers of Heavenly Roses, by Jack Harkness, pp. 72-74: before working for Jackson & Perkins, Nicolas was employed by a rival firm, the Conard-Pyle Co.] Jean Henri Nicolas, born in Roubaix, near the Belgian border, in 1875. In appearance, he was unlike one's mental picture of a Frenchman, being blond, tall and heavy; in fact six feet two inches and two hundred and ten pounds in weight. His career had been varied. After gaining degrees in both Arts and Science, he became a soldier in the peace-time French army. He was a Captain in the Artillery at the age of twenty-seven, but had to resign his commission because his eyesight became impaired. He then worked in the textile industry, and was appointed to a post that brought him from France to the United States as buying agent for raw cotton in New Orleans... From his youth he had been interested in roses... He was known as 'The Doctor', a title he rightfully held from his qualifications; he was respected by rosarians in many countries. He died in 1937, shortly after a large, fragrant, pink Hybrid Tea had been named 'The Doctor' in his honour by a Californian rose breeder, Fred Howard.
 
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