Jean Aubert (engineer)

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Jean Aubert
Born 1894
Died 1984
Nationality French
Education Lycée Louis-le-Grand in Paris, École nationale des ponts et chaussées, University of Paris (Bachelor of law)[1]
Occupation Engineer
Known for Engineer on river and canal works[1]

Jean Aubert was a French engineer. In 1961 he used the idea of the German engineer Julius Greve from the last century to describe a pente d'eau, (English: water slope) which was a way of moving boats up the gradient of a canal without locks. The design consisted of a sloping channel through which a wedge of water on which the boat was floating could be pushed up an incline. This concept was used in both the Montech water slope[2] and the Fonserannes water slopes.[1][3]




  • In 1919 he published La Probabilité dans les tires de guerre and was awarded the Pierson-Perrim prize by the Académie des Sciences in 1922.[1]
  • His article Philosophie de la pente d'eau appeared in the journal Travaux in 1984 when he was 90 years old.[1]
  • In 1961 he published his revolutionary ideas on the pente d'eau, or water slope, which was designed to transfer barges from one level to another with the use of locks.[1]


Principle works[edit]

Further reading[edit]

David Tew, 1984, Canal Inclines and Lifts, Gloucester: Alan Sutton.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y Lance Day; Ian McNeil. Biographical Dictionary of the History of Technology. 
  2. ^ Rolt, L. T. C. (1973). From Sea to Sea. Ohio University Press. ISBN 9780713904710. 
  3. ^ a b Ian McNeil. An Encyclopaedia of the history of technology. 
  4. ^ a b "LECTURE. JOINT MEETING. INLAND NAVIGATION TODAY.". Retrieved 29 December 2009.