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M. Le Chatelier (1816-1873)
1873 Obituary 
M. Le Cbatelier's numerous acquaintances in England will mourn the loss of a generous genial man, and the scientific world in general, and especially the section of it which interests itself in the industrial applications of science, will regret one of the ablest of their compeers.
He was born in 1816, was the most brilliant of the pupils of the Ecole Polytechnique of 1834 to 1836, and entered the Corps of Mining Engineers of the State. Here his scientific services were of so high a character that in 1846 he was chosen by the Government to control the railways then in activity.
In 1848 he became engineer-in-chief of the working management of the companies of the Centre and of the Paris and Orleans Railway. He was successively appointed to the important office of surveillance of the Great Northern of France, the Eastern Railway, and the Chemin de Ceinture, the encircling railway of Paris...[more]