Pierre Cartigny passed away on January 6, 2019. After having been a lecturer at the Faculty of Paris 8, he prepares a postgraduate thesis in pure mathematics under the supervision of Nicole Desolneux on the subject "Bifurcation of periodic orbits of a Hamiltonian system in a neighborhood of a steady state". He defends his thesis in 1985 and becomes a “Maître de Conférences” at the University of Aix-Marseille II the following academic year. He simultaneously joins the GREQE, which will later become the « Groupement de Recherche en Économie Quantitative d'Aix-Marseille » (GREQAM) and then the Aix-Marseille School of Economics (AMSE).
Since his arrival at the GREQE and the Faculty of Economics and Management, Pierre Cartigny is totally involved in the teaching of mathematics. He is in charge of almost all the teaching from DEUG to DEA, including the Magisterium. He is involved in the creation of the "Econometrics" track in 1991, which he will lead until 1995. He trains many students in mathematics until his retirement in 2010. His pedagogical skills are unanimously recognized over the years. He knows how to transmit his love of mathematics to the most reluctant!
He supervises several PhD students on subjects related to macroeconomic dynamics, dynamic game theory, the environment and the management of renewable resources, most of whom will pursue academic careers. His research work leads him to leave for a temporary assignment at INRA in Montpellier, first as a researcher from 2001 to 2003, then from 2005 to 2009 as Director of the research center "Systems Analysis and Biometrics". Back at the University of Aix-Marseille II in 2009, he renews his mission of transmitting mathematics for a year before retiring in 2010.
With him, learning mathematics and research work are above all a rich relationship and a human adventure. He is a rare person in contact with whom we are considerably enriched both professionally and humanely. All those who know him owe him a lot. His death is a significant loss for our community. In addition to his great intellectual qualities, Pierre was also an extremely kind, helpful and very human person. He will be missed for a long time by those who knew him or were in contact with him throughout his career.
© Photo by Antoine Dautry on Unsplash
© Photo DR