23.3.1902 Evreux/F - 22.9.1967 Paris/F
Marcel Mary graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in 1923 and devoted his entire career to the design of dams in the Roads and Bridges Corps. From 1929 to 1941 he was an engineer with the Haute Dordogne River scheme when being appointed chief engineer. From 1946 to 1955 he directed the Massif Central region for Electricité de France EDF, when taking over for the next nine years the general control of the hydroelectric equipment. At the end of his career, Mary was Inspecteur Général of EDF. He presided over the French Committee of the Commission of Large Dams ICOLD from 1956 to 1963, and then acted as its honorary president.
Mary was involved in a number of prestigious French dam designs, such as Marèges Dam on Dordogne River in Central France, and Bort Dam located upstream of the previous and taken into service in 1952. Along the Dordogne River, a total of five major dams are erected, including Bort-les-Orgues, Marèges, Aigle, Chastang and Sablier, all installed between 1930 and 1960. They constitute the largest French hydropower resource. Mary was awarded the title Officer of Légion d'Honneur and the Officer Cross of the order For Merits of Peru. Mary was also involved during years in Société Hydrotechnique de France SHF, where he was finally a Member of the Board.
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