Famous Scientists from France

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List of notable or famous scientists from France, with bios and photos, including the top scientists born in France and even some popular scientists who immigrated to France. If you're trying to find out the names of famous French scientists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These scientists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known scientist from France is included when available.

List people range from Marie Curie to Jean-Paul Marat.

This historic scientists from France list can help answer the questions "Who are some French scientists of note?" and "Who are the most famous scientists from France?" These prominent scientists of France may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected French scientists.

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    Albert Aftalion is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Scientists from France
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    Albert Abram Aftalion was a French Jewish economist. He taught at the Paris University. He co-founded the academic journal Revue économique in 1950 and presided over its board of directors. more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1874-1956)
    • Birthplace: Ruse, Bulgaria, Severen tsentralen, Bulgaria
    • Profession: Scientist, Economist
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    Albert Calmette is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Scientists from France
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    Léon Charles Albert Calmette ForMemRS was a French physician, bacteriologist and immunologist, and an important officer of the Pasteur Institute. He discovered the Bacillus Calmette-Guérin, an attenuated form of Mycobacterium used in the BCG vaccine against tuberculosis. He also developed the first ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1863-1933)
    • Birthplace: Nice, France
    • Profession: Scientist, Physician
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    Albert Châtelet was a French politician and mathematician. Châtelet was a student at the École Normale Supérieure from 1905 to 1908, succeeding to the Agrégation in 1908. After earning a doctorate in 1911 and serving first in the health service, then in a ballistic research unit during the First World ...more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1883-1960)
    • Birthplace: Valhuon, France
    • Profession: Politician, Scientist
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    Alberte Pullman

    Alberte Pullman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Scientists from France
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    Alberte Pullman. She was a theoretical and quantum chemist. She studied at the Sorbonne starting in 1938. During her studies she worked on calculations at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. From 1943 she worked with Raymond Daudel. She completed her doctorate in 1946. On his return from war ...more

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    • Age: 95
    • Profession: Scientist
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    Alfred Joseph Naquet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Scientists from France
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    Alfred Joseph Naquet, French chemist and politician, was born at Carpentras, on the 6th of October 1834. He became professor in the faculty of medicine in Paris in 1863, and in the same year professor of chemistry at Palermo, where he delivered his lectures in Italian. He lost his professorship in 1867 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1834-1916)
    • Birthplace: Carpentras, France
    • Profession: Politician, Chemist, Scientist
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    Alphonse Milne-Edwards is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Scientists from France
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    Alphonse Milne-Edwards was a French mammalologist, ornithologist and carcinologist. He was English in origin, the son of Henri Milne-Edwards and grandson of Bryan Edwards, a Jamaican planter who settled at Bruges. Milne-Edwards obtained a medical degree in 1859 and became assistant to his father at the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1835-1900)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Scientist, Ornithologist, Zoologist, carcinologist
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    Anatole Abragam is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Scientists from France
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    Anatole Abragam was a French physicist who wrote The Principles of Nuclear Magnetism and made significant contributions to the field of nuclear magnetic resonance. Originally from Griva, Courland Governorate, Russian Empire, Abragam and his family emigrated to France in 1925. After being educated at the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 97 (1914-2011)
    • Birthplace: Russia
    • Profession: Physicist, Scientist
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    André Guinier is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Scientists from France
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    André Guinier was a French physicist who did important work in the field of X-ray diffraction and solid-state physics. He worked at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, then taught at the University of Paris and later at the University of Paris-Sud in Orsay, where he co-founded the Laboratory ...more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1911-2000)
    • Profession: Physicist, Scientist
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