Tribute to Professor BLAMONT, founding member of the AAE
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Professor Jacques BLAMONT, founding member of the Academy.
At the age of 93, Professor Jacques BLAMONT passed away on Monday, April 13.
His memory remains and will remain in French space history, marked by his brilliant professional career.
He quickly developed a fascination with physics and astronomy. This taste for science was quickly confirmed when he joined the Ecole Normale Supérieure in 1948.
It was in 1952 that Jacques BLAMONT detied his aggregation of physical sciences. Five years later, he took his first steps as a professor at the University of Paris.
After his efforts to encourage the creation of the CNES (National Centre for Space Studies), he was appointed Scientific and Technical Director from 1962 to 1972, when he was already Director of the Aeronomics Department of CNES, France’s first space laboratory (1959-1985). He later became CNES’s Top Scientific Advisor (1972-1992). He has always been Scientific Advisor to the President of CNES.
The involvement of Jacques BLAMONT as an advisor to the Director of CNES, as a member of the Academy of Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the Indian National Sciences Academy and as an honorary member of the Air and Space Academy,will have endured until this sad Monday, April 13.