Bernard Bigot, a French physicist who led a massive multinational effort to show that nuclear fusion may be a sustainable energy source, has died. Let us see how did he die, what happened, and what was Bernard Bigot Cause of Death.
How did Bernard Bigot die?
Bernard Bigot was a professor, a public official, and the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (ITER) since 2015.
Bigot has a physics and chemistry Ph.D. He was the director of the French Commission for Atomic Energy and the president of the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon. He died at the age of 72.
Bernard Bigot Cause of Death
Bigot died Saturday from an unspecified illness, according to the agency behind the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, or ITER. Bigot, who has been the organization’s director-general since March 2015, was nearing the end of his second term, which was set to finish in 2025.
With great sadness, we announce the passing of ITER Director-General Dr. Bernard Bigot on 14 May 2022 at the age of 72 due to illness.
Read a statement click here: https://t.co/4UNS9gbm2i
— ITER (@iterorg) May 14, 2022
His death was regarded as “a devastating blow to the global fusion community” in an ITER statement.
What happened to his ITER Project?
During the search for Bigot’s replacement, his deputy, Eisuke Tada, will head the ITER project.
Unlike present fission reactors, which emit radioactive waste and occasionally catastrophic meltdowns, proponents of fusion claim that if scientists and engineers can harness it, it will provide a clean and almost infinite supply of energy.
China, the European Union, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia, and the United States are working on a tokamak, a doughnut-shaped device, in Saint-Paul-Les-Durance, southern France. It is described as the largest science project ever undertaken. The goal is to keep hydrogen trapped at 150 million degrees Celsius (270 million degrees Fahrenheit) long enough for atoms to fuse.
Large amounts of heat are released as a result of the process. ITER will not produce power, but scientists think it will show that a fusion reactor can produce more energy than it consumes. ITER is now more than 75% complete, with scientists hoping to start the reactor in early 2026.
Fan’s and Friend’s reactions to Bernard Bigot’s Death
Lavvocato dell said,
Bernard Bigot, the director of ITER, died today. Our condolences go out to his family and coworkers on behalf of all atomic energy and fusion enthusiasts. In his remembrance, may the fusion dream come true.
Francesco Sette said,
Bernard Bigot has been a role model for all of us in the scientific community, and for me personally, as an inspirational scientist and leader, fully dedicated and committed to the promotion of Science for the well-being of humanity. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and @iterorg.
Rafael MarianoGrossi said,
Dr. Bernard Bigot, Director General of @iterorg, passed away yesterday. Dr. Bigot is an inspiration to us all, a dedicated government servant who promotes the peaceful use of nuclear energy in France and around the world. We’ll continue to build on his legacy. May he be at ease.
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