- \14.10.1899 Bordeaux/F - 4.5.1966 Paris/F\After having graduated from Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées, Paul Chapouthier first joined the Gers departmental service as a hydraulic engineer, then was promoted to a regional director of hydraulic equipment of Eléctricité de France EDF and finally was a General Inspector at its Direction of Studies and Research, and in this position responsible for the Chatou hydraulic laboratory close to Paris. From 1946 to 1951 when being regional EDF director, he directed the works of the Aussois, and the Passy hydroelectric schemes, and started with projects relating to large schemes such as Roselend in the Savoy Alps and Mont-Cenis in the Italian-French border region. Once André Nizéry (1907-1954) had passed away, Chapouthier returned to hydraulic research in Chatou. Both fundamental and applied projects were considered for national and international customers.\Chapouthier had a particular relation with Société Hydrotechnique de France SHF. He often presented papers during its Journées de l'Hydraulique, a kind of national meeting of French specialists and experts in hydraulics. A particularity was the Round Table Discussions, in which an ad hoc group would first present a professional problem, and discussion would then go on with all participants. Today, these Round Tables have become a standard in various professional meetings. Chapouthier, an engineer having seen many aspects of his profession, was often a lively and friendly guest of such meetings, and has certainly contributed to this tradition within SHF. Chapouthier was also in the editorial board of the French hydraulics journal La Houille Blanche and has contributed various articles to it.\Anonymous (1955). Paul Chapouthier, Contrôleur général des Etudes et Recherches à Electricité de France. 5 ICOLD Congress Paris 1: 88. PAnonymous (1966). Paul Chapouthier. La Houille Blanche 21(5): 492-493. PChapouthier, P. (1948). Chute de Passy. Travaux 32(1): 71-72.Chapouthier, P., Kobilinsky, M. (1951). Chute Isère-Arc. Travaux 35(1): 59-62.Chapouthier, P. (1961). Grands aménagements hydrauliques. Regards sur la France 5(14): 131-139.Chapouthier, P. (1962). 50 années d'hydrotechnique. 7 Journées d'Hydraulique Paris: xxxi-xlii. Chapouthier, P. (1965). Hydraulique. Collin: Paris.Ginocchio, R., Chapouthier, P. (1959). Aménagements hydroélectriques. Eyrolles: Paris. Service Documentaire (2003). Paul Chapouthier. Personal communication. ENPC: Paris.
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