US News Death of Gérard Théry, one of the founders of Minitel

15:15  26 july  2021
15:15  26 july  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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The Polytechnician Gérard Théry died on July 18 to 88, learned AFP on July 26th. He was one of the creators of the Minitel in France.

The Polytechnician Gérard Théry, who participated in the creation of the Minitel in France when he was General Director of Telecommunications from 1974 to 1981, died on July 18 to 88, has learned AFP to the civil status from the town hall of Paris.

IT Specialist, this native of sallaumines (Pas-de-Calais) in 1933 was graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique (1952) and then the National School of Telecommunications (1957). He made his entire career in this area, incorporating the Ministry of PTT in 1955, and becoming advisor to Minister Jacques Marette, in 1966-1967.

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It is known especially for working on the creation of the minitel, one of the precursors of the internet. This cubic terminal giving access to videotext, delivered for free with the phone, has long been one of the French florets before being supplanted in the uses by the World Wide Web and to go out on June 30, 2012, 30 years after its launch Commercial .

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"I considered the minitel as a great thing even if it ended with a dead end," he said

"the minitel has not evolved as we would have hoped that it evolve ", had regretted AFP Gérard Théry in 2011.

" I considered (the minitel, NDLR) as a great thing even if he Estimated by an impasse " still estimated in 2019, in an intervention with the Association for the History of Telecommunications and IT.

After its seven years at the General Directorate of Telecommunications, he continued to get involved on these topics, and was in particular charged in 1994 with a preparatory mission for a bill on electronic highways, and then has been responsible for The mission on the "IT passage on the year 2000", in 1998.

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