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Two famous people

Edouard de Laplane wrote the history of Sisteron, Paul Arene sang of his home


town and land.

Paul Arene's portrait

A poet

Paul Arene was born June 26, 1843. He will become a words refiner and the best of his work was inspired by the Sisteron-country with its light, its scents, the sizzling sun and everything that lives and moves, rustles, sings in lavender and thyme. In his writings he gave Sisteron the pretty name Canteperdrix.

 He wrote his main novel "Jean des Figues" and for the theater, the Parisian Tales (des contes parisiens)  and Tales and Novels of Provence, and many others (La “ Gueuse Parfumée", "La Veine d'Argile") in  Antibes he wrote the Golden Goat  "La Chèvre d'Or" (1889) followed by  "Domnine".


He attended the Parisian literary cafes and met Dauder, selling him some texts to live. " Mr Seguin's Goat" and 7 others tales would be written by P.Arène's hand.


 December 17, 1896, he was found dead at his desk, collapsed with his forehead on an unfinished tale.

 On his tombstone the couplet he had dictated to Mistral is engraved: " ieu m'en vau l'amo ravido d'agué pantaïa ma vida" (je m'en vais l'âme ravie, d'avoir rêvé ma vie), I am leaving with a rapturous soul, having dreamed my life.


To visit :
His family cottage "the Cigalière" district Oulettes au Thor (arrowed access 4km away from the town center)
His grave at the municipal cemetery with its olive tree.
The reconstruction of the writer’s bedroom at the Ecomuseum and some souvenirs are at the Museum of the Old Sisteron (see section “Museum of the old Sisteron”).


Astronomical clock

A scientist

Benjamin Ernest Esclangon was born on March 17, 1876 in Mison, his family was originally from Entrepierres, a neighboring town of Sisteron. "A gavot  (nickname of the autochthons)  who  has well served the science" He obtained his doctorate in 1904 with a thesis on the very noticeable features that he called quasi-periodic and which play an important role in many mathematical physics and celestial mechanics problems.
He wrote 236 scientific publications.

 His methods for calculating the propagation of sound, allowed in 1918 to identify and destroy the "Berthas" (German cannons) which were shooting at the heart of Paris from 120 km away.

 Director of the Observatory of Paris, he created in 1933, the first speaking clock for telephone and radio use, which still gives the atomic pip (Tel: 3699).
It is responsible for the creation of the largest astronomical station “St Michel l'Observatoire”, near Forcalquier. The Academy of Sciences awarded him a significant amount of prizes.

 Recognized as a high scientific authority in the world, he was for several years President of the International Astronomical Union. He died on January 28, 1954. 


To visit :

His birthplace in Mison marked with a commemorative plaque. (See section Sisteron and its surroundings)
His evocation at the Earth and Time Museum
Tel. Nr. of the talking clock : 08 99 88 10 10








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