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  ICOHTEC: 50 Years Anniversary. Tribute to Maurice Daumas and Petre Sergescu

iulie 18, 2018

Comunicare la Congresul ICOHTEC, 18 iulie 2018, Saint-Etienne, Franţa

de Alexandru Herlea

Dear friends, Colleagues
Ladies and gentlemen

It is an honour to speak, in this commemoration session celebrating half a century of ICOHTEC’s existence and to pay tribute to Maurice Daumas, who played a leading role in its birth and in the decade that followed. The ICOHTEC was created, as you know, in 1968, at the 16th Congress of the History Division of the International Union of History and Philosophy of science, which took place in Paris, at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers – CNAM, where M. Daumas was the host. On this occasion he was elected General Secretary of our Institution. Two years later, in 1970, he organized in Pont-à-Mousson the first Congress on the theme „The acquisition of technologies by non-initiating countries ” and published the proceedings.

Maurice Daumas, founding father of the history of technology in France, is one of those personalities whose role and influence were strong in various fields: in science and teaching, in the dissemination of knowledge, in the social and political life. He belonged to an open and generous French intellectuality, deeply opposed to all forms of totalitarianism, who contributed not only to the development of science itself, but also to the establishment of its institutions.



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