Claude de Lapparent - Geologist at SNPA, at SN REPAL, then at CFP-A, director of exploration in Algeria
Born October 31, 1920 in Strasbourg. Lycée Fustel de Coulanges (Strasbourg), Faculty of Science in Bordeaux and Paris, National School of Petroleum and Engines. Geological engineer at SNPA (1943), then at SEREPT (Syndicate of petroleum studies and research in Tunisia) and in Madagascar. Geological engineer in charge of the Sahara at SN REPAL from 1948 to 1954, then director of exploration in Algeria at CFP-A from 1954 to 1961, that is to say at the time of the discovery of Hassi Messaoud and d 'Hassi r'Mel, as well as other deposits. At the same time as he was responsible for the operational exploration department at headquarters, he was also director of the PSC's exploration subsidiary in Australia from 1962 to 1966, then attached to the E&P direction of the PSC in Paris. CEO of Total Compagnie africaine des petroles (TOTAL CAP, which operates in Angola) in 1973, of COPETAO (West African oil company) in 1974, of Total Bolivia, director of exploration for Total Colombia. Died in 1985.