In memory of Pierre Touboul  1958 - 2021

Pierre Touboul was a researcher at ONERA, specialist in space physics. Internationally recognized, his research had led to the creation of unique world-class devices for measuring gravity and acceleration in space.

He has been the pillar of the accelerometer projects at ONERA and a guide for all of us to achieve the fantastic results we have today. We have lost also a friend. We must also salute his courage and his lucidity in the face of a disease still very little known.

Read the article about Pierre Touboul on www.onera.fr

If you wish, you can make a donation to the ARAMISE association which brings together people with his disease

 

in our thoughts you survive as a sharp and moving mind eagerly and persistently reaching for space to extend knowledge of man beyond the limits, your instruments will continue to fly
Ernst Maria Rasel
I first met Pierre some 30 years ago when we worked together on the STEP mission. Such an impressive scientist, and such a warm character. His vision turned into the MICROSCOPE mission which has pioneered a new chapter in fundamental measurements in space; it will stand as the world leading result for many decades, and our memories will last forever.
Tim Sumner
Bien triste nouvelle... Nous avions parlé de Pierre Touboul il y a si peu de temps...! Je n'oublierai jamais le jour où dans les caves de Chatillon il a émerveillé la jeune doctorante que j'étais : quoi de mieux que la poésie des pulsations de nos cœurs, pour montrer à des physiciens théoriciens la sensibilité de l'accéléromètre capacitif qu'il avait développé ? Cela a marqué le début de l'aventure du calcul de sa sensibilité ultime - en l'accompagnant jusqu'au jury de soutenance de thèse. Francesca Grassia , Secrétaire Générale du Comité National de la Recherche Scientifique
Francesca Grassia
Nous avons eu la douleur d’apprendre le décès de notre collègue Pierre Touboul, membre éminent de votre institution. Pierre Touboul et son équipe ont eu des collaborations étroites et très fructueuses avec l’Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur dans la lignée des coopérations de longue date autour de l’accélérométrie spatiale entamées dans les années 70 entre l’ONERA et le CERGA sur le projet spatial Castor/Cactus. Plus récemment cela a concerné l’expérience MICROSCOPE dont Pierre Touboul a été le PI et l'ambassadeur infatigable. C’est grâce à son intelligence, à sa reconnaissance aux niveaux national et international, et tout simplement à ses talents de scientifique et de leader que ce projet a produit les résultats exceptionnels que l’on connaît et qui ont été salués par un prix de l’académie des sciences. Nous perdons un grand scientifique, un collègue aux grandes qualités humaines et tout simplement un ami. Permettez-moi de m’associer à votre tristesse et de vous faire part de ma très vive sympathie au nom de tous les collègues de l’OCA qui ont côtoyé Pierre Touboul.
Denis Mourard
A great loss for our community ....thank you for your contributions, we will miss you...
Samir Bennani
I have known Pierre during my Ph.D. thesis at ONERA, where I was involved in the project to which he gave birth. I keep in my memory a thoughtful, clever man who helped me overcome some of the thesis's difficulties. I remember the laughs he triggered with the jokes he used to make during the long MICROSCOPE performance meetings. Also, I keep in my memories a subtle and profound mind that marked me. Especially when he cited Sisyphe's Myth in one of his speeches to tell young Ph.D. fellows how important perseverance is in science. Pierre was an exceptional scientific figure, and his inspiration will always follow me.
Quentin Baghi
With my colleagues from the CNES service of geodesy, we had the opportunity to get to know Pierre in 2000 and work with him on the data from the STAR accelerometer on board the CHAMP satellite (first space accelerometer mission since the cactus accelerometer which flew in 1975 on the Castor satellite !!!). His energy, quick wit and mischievous character had won us over. We all regret his loss.
Jean-Michel Lemoine
attristé par cette nouvelle, je tenais en tant qu'ancien collègue et collaborateur de Pierre à présenter mes sincères condoléances à son épouse et sa famille. J'ai connu et côtoyé Pierre entre 2012 et 2013 à la Direction Scientifique Générale de l'ONERA. J'ai pu au cours de cette courte collaboration apprécier sa rigueur scientifique mais aussi sa disponibilité et son humanisme. Sa disparition laissera un vide.
Pierre Gicquel
I knew Pierre from the beginning of his participation in the STEP program over 30 years ago. He started thinking about testing the Equivalence Principle then, and we had many vigorous discussions about the best instrumentation for an orbital experiment. I watched his ideas mature into the Microscope mission with great interest. It is a fitting tribute that Microscope was successful in its Equivalence Principle measurement, and Pierre will be long remembered for his accomplishment. I offer my sincere condolences to his family and friends, and deeply regret his passing.
Paul Worden
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Sasha Buchman

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