The Academy lost one of its most prominent members with the death of Jean Delacarte, which occurred on November 2, 2023. Born on December 2, 1927, this brilliant engineer left behind a remarkable legacy through his outstanding contributions to the world of science and industry.
Jean Delacarte, class of 1947 at École Polytechnique, has devoted a large part of his life to the research and development of innovative technologies in the field of chemistry and engineering. He began his career as a powder engineer from 1950 to 1960, contributing significantly to the development of this discipline.
Having left the administration, his leadership talents have led him to key positions within several renowned companies. In particular, he served as an engineer, general secretary, and finally as president and chief executive officer of the Great Parish Chemical Society. His influence and strategic vision have greatly contributed to the growth of this company.
Mr. Delacarte also exercised his expertise as an engineer, corporate secretary and director of the company “Air Liquide”, where he played a key role in the growth and prosperity of the company. His management skills and deep understanding of the chemical industry have left an indelible mark.
After a remarkable career in industry, Jean Delacarte volunteered as an advisor to the Delegate General for Armaments, to whom he brought his technical expertise and wisdom for important strategic decisions for national defence.
His philanthropic contribution as Secretary General of the Heritage Foundation is also invaluable. He has worked tirelessly to preserve and promote our country’s cultural and architectural heritage, ensuring that future generations can benefit from it.
His commitment to the training of young people was remarkable, and until his last days he regularly went to the Apprentis d’Auteuil foundation in order to help young people who were often in difficulty with his wise advice.
Jean Delacarte was elected a member of the French Air and Space Academy in 1989. He was an honorary member of Section 2. He was Vice-President of the French Air and Space Academy from 1994 to 1997. He was also one of the initiators of the Entretiens de Toulouse, a high-level training course for aeronautics and space professionals based on dialogue and exchange.
His invaluable contribution in these various fields will remain etched in the history of science, technology and aeronautics. His passing leaves a huge void in the scientific and industrial community.
At this time of sadness, our thoughts are with his family and friends. Jean Delacarte will be remembered as a visionary engineer, an inspiring leader, and a man whose impact will endure through generations to come.
A tribute will be paid to him at the next Session of the Academy.