Hubert Gautier

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Henri Gautier
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Henri Gautier
Born 21 August 1660
Died 27 September 1737
Nationality French
Occupation Engineer

Henri Gautier, sometimes called Hubert Gautier (21 August 1660 – 27 September 1737) was a French engineer. He was born in Nîmes, France.

Gautier initially trained as a medical doctor, turning to mathematics and finally engineering. He served as an engineer for 28 years in the province of Languedoc.[1] He was appointed Inspecteur général des ponts et chaussées in 1713, and moved to Paris where he continued working until his retirement in 1731.

In 1716, he wrote the first book on building bridges, Traité des ponts.[2]

The contractors do not hesitate to enrich themselves at the expense of the King or of those who work for them; & the engineers or inspectors of the works, on the contrary, have only in mind the honesty with which they act and to be highly esteemed; & they do not hesitate to regard the former as their enemies, when they are unfaithful.

— Hubert Gautier, Traite des Ponts (1716)

Gautier wrote several published works on engineering, civil engineering and geology. He died in Paris, France at the age of 77.


  1. ^ Hubert Gautier Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 26 Dec. 2010.
  2. ^ H. Gautier: Traité des Ponts. 2nd Ed. André Cailleau, Paris 1728