Aged 88, Gérard Théry, an IT specialist known for having worked on the creation of Minitel, one of the forerunners of the Internet, has died.
This cubic terminal giving access to videotext via the 3615, delivered free of charge with the telephone, has long been one of the French flagships before being supplanted in uses by the World Wide Web and extinguishing on June 30, 2012, 30 years later. its commercial launch.
“I considered the Minitel as a great thing even if it ended in a dead end”
Born in Sallaumines (Pas-de-Calais) in 1933, Gérard Théry graduated from the Polytechnic School (1952) then from the National Higher School of Telecommunications (1957). He had spent his entire career in this field, joining the PTT ministry in 1955 and becoming advisor to Minister Jacques Marette in 1966-1967.
“I considered the Minitel as a great thing even if it ended in a dead end,” he said in an intervention to the Association for the History of Telecommunications and Information Technology.