Martel, Édouard-Alfred

BORN 1 Jul 1859, Pontoise, Val-d'Oise: 1 rue de la Forêt, Hardelot - DIED 3 Jun 1938, St. Thomas Guard, Loire (near Montbrison)
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière de Montmartre, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 22, ligne 02)

Édouard-Alfred Martel explored numerous caves in France. In 1866 he visited the Caves of Gargas in the Pyrenees. He studied at the Lycée Condorcet in Paris and was a devout reader of the works of Jules Verne. After his military service he became an attorney at the Commercial Court of the Seine.

From 1888 onwards he visited caves in France with his companions. In 1890 he married Aline de Launay. She was a sister of Louis de Launay, a professor of geology. Between 1888 and 1893 he visited 250 caves and in 1894 he published "The Abyss". After that he explored caves in England, Ireland and Austria as well. In 1899 he left his job and became a full time researcher. He was the editor of "La Nature" from 1905 tot 1909. In 1912 he visited Kentucky. He explored caves until 1914. He continued publishing books and articles. He died in 1938.


The grave of Édouard-Alfred Martel at the Montmartre Cimetière, Paris.
Picture by Androom (05 Nov 2017)


Martens, Valerie von

Published: 12 Oct 2019
Last update: 12 Oct 2019