Polytechnician (class of 1944), Jean Carpentier launched the first French achievements of inertial navigation. At the DRME (1961-1977), he contributed to the Calculation Plan and the creation of the National Bureau of Metrology. He was also successively director of the DRET (1977-1984) and then president of ONERA (1984-1991). He also held the position of co-editor-in-chief of the journal “Aerospace Science and Technology” and editor-in-chief of the journal Scientifique et technique de la défense (1991-2004).
He was Vice President of our Academy from 1993 to 1996 and President of Section 1 from 1992 to 2001. A tribute will be paid to him at a future session of the Academy.