1.12.1861 Brémoncourt/F - 25.6.1943 Hyères/F
Edouard Imbeaux graduated from Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées and submitted also a PhD thesis in medicine. His career was devoted to the twofold issues of engineering and hygiene in order to advance the environmental conditions and to reduce the mortality due to waterborne diseases. In the early career Imbeaux was both a national and an international expert in all details relating to urban water supply and removal. His 1897 book reports on the various problems and the solutions proposed to solve these questions at the end of the 19th century. More practical results described in the 1902 book were presented during the 1900 Universal Exposition in Paris. Imbeaux then proceeded to research in groundwater flow, thereby also accounting for the United States and Australia which he had visited for that purpose. The 1930 book highlights his findings in groundwater prospection and groundwater quality management. His last book published in 1935 refers exclusively to water quality and to means for improving it. This work includes also sewage quality standards which are presently a concern for the worldwide water management.
Imbeaux also was interested in engineering problems. In 1921, he proposed to use the potential of hydropower between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea for electrification of Palestine. That scheme would have been able to satisfy the needs for irrigation and interior navigation. Imbeaux was during his career a professor at Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. He was elected Correspondent of Académie des Sciences in 1912 for the Section of rural economy.
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