The Deprat Affair: Ambition, Revenge and Deceit in French Indo-China

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J. Cape, 1999 - Fraud in science - 244 pages
En route to a golden future as one of France's greatest geologists, Jacques Deprat is suddenly accused of fraud and plunged into a desperate fight to save his reputation. Convicted of placing European fossils among samples collected in Indo-China, he is dismissed from his job and expelled from the Societe Geologique de France. Thrown out of the science to which he has given everything, he re-invents himself, changes his name, and begins not one but two fascinating new lives - each as extraordinary and colourful as the one he left behind. Eighty years later the truth of the Deprat affair is still in doubt. But innocent or guilty, Jacques Deprat is an astonishing figure, whose capacity to overcome the world's disgrace and the dissolution of his dreams makes an amazing and captivating story.

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Roger Osborne is a researcher at the University of Queensland where he has managed the Australian Electronic Scholarly Editing Project and the Aus-e-Lit Project. His doctoral thesis (2001) at the University of New South Wales, Canberra included an edition of the Under Western Eyes typescript. He has published widely on the transnational history of Australian literature and written on Conrad.

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