Obituary Professor Jean Chavaudra - Past President of EFOMP (1983-1986)

Publication Date: Jun 29th, 2020 09:55, Category: EFOMP Announcements

We are sorry to have to inform you that our esteemed colleague and friend Professor Jean Chavaudra, former head of the Medical Physics department at Gustave Roussy Institute, passed away on April 2 at the age of 82.

Prof. Jean Chavaudra held an engineering degree from the National School of Electricity (École Nationale Supérieure d’Électricité). He met Professor Andrée Dutreix, who convinced him to devote himself to medical physics.

He entered Gustave Roussy Institute where he had a brilliant career as a Medical Physicist and researcher under the supervision of Professor Maurice Tubiana and Professor Andrée Dutreix. He thus actively participated in the development of the Medical Physics specialty in France.

He also devoted himself to academic education in France and abroad. He notably participated in the creation of the first Master Degree of Medical Physics in France, in 1970, with Professors Daniel Blanc, Andrée and Jean Dutreix. He played an important role in the creation of the European Federation of Organisations for Medical Physics (EFOMP) in 1980, which he presided from 1984 to 1986. He also participated in the creation of the Master Degree of medical physics in Wuhan (China) in the years 2000.

He was successively appointed assistant at the faculty of medicine of Paris-Sud in 1969, lecturer in 1985, associate professor of universities in 1987, and professor in 1995 at the Institut National des Sciences et Techniques Nucléaires (INSTN) in Saclay.

Member of several medical physics and radiotherapy societies, author of numerous publications, Prof Jean Chavaudra acquired during his career an international reputation.

He worked as an expert for various institutions, notably with the National Bureau of Metrology, the CEA (Atomic Energy Council), the French Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Technologies, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the International Commission on Radiation Units & Measurements (ICRU).

Excellent scientist, outstanding pedagogue, Prof. Jean Chavaudra will be missed. The Medical Physics community wish to express its gratitude and its warmest condolences to Prof Chavaudra family.