One of the last Great Explorers Hommage to our dean and friend Yves VALLETTE (Civil Engineer of the Ponts et Chaussées) President, then Honorary President of SOFIOM
We have the sadness to inform you of the death of our comrade Yves Vallette, which occurred on December 9, 2014.
We extend our most sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Yves Vallette (born 1920), civil engineer of the Ponts et Chaussées of the promotion 1943, he was also explorer
And cartographer of the polar regions as early as 1946 with a mission to Spitsbergen.
Yves Vallette was the dean of SOFIOM, where he was affiliated in the early 1950s at the request of his chief Paul-Emile Victor, to represent him there, the timetable of PE Victor being far too charged by His position as head of the French Polar Expeditions (EPF), from 1947 to 1976.
Introduced into the very narrow circle of the “Club des explorateurs”, he succeeded in convincing Paul-Emile Victor who, in 1947,
The French Polar Expeditions (EPF), to set up a mission for the Adélie Land.
When in 1950 the polar adviser Commanding Charcot arrives in Terre Adélie, Yves Vallette is of the 11 men of the 1st wintering.
The personal archives of Yves Vallette (a collection of photographic documents, slides, texts, letters,
Maps, plans, scientific publications) have been digitized by the Southern and Antarctic Territories Administration
(TAAF), and can be found at http://archives.taaf.fr/spip.php?rubrique45