Roy, René François Joseph (1894–1977)
René Roy was born in Paris on 21 May 1894. He entered the Ecole Polytechnique in 1914, and joined the army on 15 August 1914. He was seriously wounded on 14 April 1917 at the Chemin des Dames, as a result of which he was blinded at the early age of 23. This tragedy, which meant the collapse of all his youthful hope and dreams, brought him to the slough of despond, and exceptional spiritual strength alone enabled him eventually to accept the unacceptable with serenity and to undertake a double career as an engineer and economist that was to last 60 years.