Pierre Massé

Pierre Massé
Born (1898-01-13)13 January 1898
Paris, France
Died 15 December 1987(1987-12-15) (aged 89)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Education École Polytechnique
École des ponts ParisTech
Occupation Civil servant

Pierre Benjamin Daniel Massé (13 January 1898, 16th arrondissement of Paris – 15 December 1987, 16th arrondissement of Paris) was an economist, engineer, applied mathematician, and high official in the French government.[1]

Education and career

After graduation from l'École polytechnique, Massé became an engineer at l'École nationale des ponts et chaussées and a Doctor of Science. From 1928 he worked in the electrical industry and became at Électricité de France in 1946 the director of electrical equipment and operations and in 1948 the deputy general manager. In 1957 he became president of l'Électricité de Strasbourg. In 1959 Charles de Gaulle named him Commissaire général du Plan (General Commissioner of Planning) and he held this position until 1966. Massé was chairman of the board of directors of Électricité de France from 1965 to 1969 and an associate professor of la Faculté de Droit de Paris from 1965 to 1967. He was the first president of the Fondation de France from 1969 to 1973. He was elected a member of l'Académie des sciences morales et politiques in 1977.[1]

Pierre Massé did research in economics on the theories of economic depreciation, dynamic programming, and total factor productivity and in mathematics on Pontryagin's minimum principle.[1] He was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 1928 at Bologna.

Selected publications


  1. 1 2 3 Alain Beltran & Martine Bungener, «Itinéraire d'un ingénieur», Vingtième siècle. Revue d'histoire, no. 15, juillet-septembre 1987, pp. 59-68 JSTOR 3769628
  2. Hydrodynamique fluviale, régimes variables in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
  3. Beranek, William. "Reviewed Work: Optimal Investment Decisions by Pierre Massé". The Journal of Finance. 18 (4): 704–706. JSTOR 2977207.
  4. Le plan ou l'anti-hasard, irevues.inist.fr
  5. Les dividendes du progrès in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
  6. Rousso, Henry (1985). "Massé Pierre, Aléas et progrès". Vingtième Siècle, revue d'histoire. 7 (1): 187–188.
Business positions
Preceded by
Pierre Guillaumat
Succeeded by
Paul Delouvrier
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