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List of famous alumni from École Polytechnique, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from École Polytechnique include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished École Polytechnique alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended École Polytechnique are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from École Polytechnique.

The list you're viewing has a variety of graduates, like Bernard Arnault and Marie François Sadi Carnot, in it.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to École Polytechnique?” and “Which celebrities are École Polytechnique alumni?”

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André Citroën is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Inventor, Engineer André-Gustave Citroën was a French industrialist and freemason. He is remembered chiefly for the make of car named after him, but also for his application of double helical gears.

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Bernard Arnault is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Business magnate, Businessperson Bernard Jean Étienne Arnault is a French businessman and an art collector. He is the chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH since 1989. In March 2015, Forbes estimated his wealth to ...more

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Marie François Sadi Carnot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Politician Marie François Sadi Carnot was a French statesman and the fourth president of the Third Republic. He served as the President of France from 1887 until his assassination in 1894.

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Eugène Deloncle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Politician Eugène Deloncle was a French engineer and Fascist leader, and the adoptive father of Jacques Corrèze. A graduate of the École Polytechnique, Deloncle worked for the French ...more

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Georges Besse is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Georges Besse was a French businessman who led several large state-controlled French companies during his lifetime. He was assassinated outside his home. At the time of his death he was the CEO ...more

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Philippe Perrin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Pilot, Astronaut, Fighter pilot Philippe Perrin is a French test pilot and former CNES and European Space Agency astronaut.

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Jean-François Clervoy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Astronaut, Flight test engineer, Engineer Jean-François André Clervoy is a French engineer and a CNES and ESA astronaut. He is a veteran of three NASA Space Shuttle missions.

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Benoit Mandelbrot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Mathematician, Professor, Scientist Benoit B. Mandelbrot was a Polish-born, French and American mathematician, noted for developing a "theory of roughness" and "self-similarity" in nature and the field of ...more

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Auguste Comte is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Philosopher Isidore Auguste Marie François Xavier Comte, better known as Auguste Comte, was a French philosopher. He was a founder of the discipline of sociology and of the doctrine of positivism. He ...more

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Dominique Senequier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Businessperson Dominique Senequier is a French businesswoman. She is president of Ardian, a private equity firm she created in 1996.

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Carlos Ghosn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Businessperson Carlos Ghosn, KBE is a French-Lebanese-Brazilian businessman born in Porto Velho, Brazil, who is currently the Chairman and CEO of Paris-based Renault, Chairman and CEO of Japan-based Nissan, ...more

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Raymond Poincaré is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Politician Raymond Poincaré was a French statesman who served three times as Prime Minister, and as President from 1913 to 1920. He was a conservative leader, primarily committed to political and ...more

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François Arago is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Mathematician, Politician, Physicist Dominique François Jean Arago, known simply as François Arago, was a French mathematician, physicist, astronomer, freemason, supporter of the carbonari and politician.

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Fulgence Bienvenüe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Civil engineer, Engineer Fulgence Bienvenüe was a noted French civil engineer, best known for his role in the construction of the Paris Métro, and has been called "Le Père du Métro". ...more

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Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Physicist, Chemist Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac was a French chemist and physicist. He is known mostly for two laws related to gases, and for his work on alcohol-water mixtures, which led to the degrees Gay-Lussac used ...more

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Serge Dassault is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Entrepreneur Heir to legendary inventor Marcel Dassault, Serge Dassault, the second-richest man in France, has tripled his familys assets in the last 15 years. he is a French entrepreneur (Chairman and Chief ...more

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Davi Barbosa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Software Engineer

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Pierre Schaeffer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Cultural critic, Film Score Composer, Record producer Pierre Henri Marie Schaeffer was a French composer, writer, broadcaster, engineer, musicologist and acoustician. His innovative work in both the sciences—particularly communications and ...more

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Gustave Eiffel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Chemical engineer, Civil engineer, Designer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel was a French civil engineer and architect. A graduate of the École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures, he made his name with various bridges for the French railway ...more

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Michel Virlogeux is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Civil engineer, Structural engineer, Engineer Dr. Michel Virlogeux FREng is a French structural engineer and bridge specialist.

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Henri Poincaré is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist Jules Henri Poincaré was a French mathematician, theoretical physicist, engineer, and a philosopher of science. He is often described as a polymath, and in mathematics as The Last ...more

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Urbain Le Verrier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Mathematician, Astronomer Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier was a French mathematician who specialized in celestial mechanics and is best known for predicting the existence and position of Neptune using only mathematics. The ...more

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Charles Joseph Minard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Civil engineer, Statistical graphics, Engineer Charles Joseph Minard was a French civil engineer recognized for his significant contribution in the field of information graphics in civil engineering and statistics. Minard was among other ...more

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Alexandre-Émile Béguyer de Cha... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Chemist, Geologist Alexandre-Émile Béguyer de Chancourtois was a French geologist and mineralogist who was the first to arrange the chemical elements in order of atomic weights, doing so in 1862. De ...more

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Gabriel Auguste Daubrée is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Geologist Gabriel Auguste Daubrée was a French geologist. Daubrée was born at Metz, and educated at the École Polytechnique in Paris. At the age of twenty he had qualified as a mining ...more

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Pierre Berthier is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Geologist Pierre Berthier was a French geologist and mining engineer. Pierre Berthier was born in Nemours. After studying at the École Polytechnique, he went to the École des Mines, where he ...more

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Gaspard-Gustave Coriolis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist, Mechanical engineer Gustave de Coriolis was a French mathematician, mechanical engineer and scientist. He is best known for his work on the supplementary forces that are detected in a rotating frame of reference. ...more

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Joachim Barrande is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Geologist Joachim Barrande was a French geologist and palaeontologist. Barrande was born at Saugues, Haute Loire, and educated in the École Polytechnique at Paris. Although he had received the ...more

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Jean-Baptiste Biot is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist, Astronomer Jean-Baptiste Biot was a French physicist, astronomer, and mathematician who established the reality of meteorites, made an early balloon flight, and studied the polarization of light. Biot also ...more

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Jean-Baptiste Élie de Beaumont is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Geologist Jean-Baptiste Armand Louis Léonce Élie de Beaumont was a French geologist.

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Guillaume-Henri Dufour is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Civil engineer, Engineer Guillaume-Henri Dufour was a Swiss army officer, bridge engineer and topographer. He served under Napoleon I and held the office of General to lead the Swiss forces to victory against the ...more

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Jean-Christophe Yoccoz is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Mathematician Jean-Christophe Yoccoz is a French mathematician. He was awarded a Fields Medal in 1994, for his work on dynamical systems.

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Charles Koechlin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Music pedagogue, Composer Charles Louis Eugène Koechlin was a French composer, teacher and writer on music. He was a political radical all his life and a passionate enthusiast for such diverse things as medieval ...more

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Augustus Le Plongeon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Antiquarian, Archaeologist Augustus Le Plongeon was a British-American photographer and antiquarian who studied the pre-Columbian ruins of America, particularly those of the Maya civilization on the northern ...more

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Henri-Alexandre Deslandres is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Astronomer Henri Alexandre Deslandres ForMemRS was a French astronomer, director of the Meudon and Paris Observatories, who carried out intensive studies on the behaviour of the atmosphere of the Sun.

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Ferdinand Foch is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Generalissimo Marshal Ferdinand Foch, was a French soldier, military theorist and the Allied Généralissime during the First World War. At the outbreak of war in August 1914, Foch's XX Corps ...more

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Jules Dupuit is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Civil engineer, Economist, Engineer Jules Dupuit was an Italian-born French civil engineer and economist. He was born in Fossano, Italy then under the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte. At the age of ten he emigrated to France with his ...more

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Henry Louis Le Chatelier is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Chemist, Science writer, Writer Henry Louis Le Châtelier was an influential French chemist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is most famous for devising Le Châtelier's principle, with the help of his ...more

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Claudius Crozet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Civil engineer, Teacher Benoît "Claudius" Crozet was an educator and civil engineer. Crozet was born in France. After serving in the French military, in 1816, he immigrated to the United States. He ...more

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Henri Brocard is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Mathematician Pierre René Jean Baptiste Henri Brocard was a French meteorologist and mathematician, in particular a geometer. His best-known achievement is the invention and discovery of the properties ...more

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Marie Alfred Cornu is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Marie Alfred Cornu Physicist Marie Alfred Cornu was a French physicist. The French generally refer to him as Alfred Cornu. Cornu was born at Orléans to François Cornu and Sophie Poinsellier. He was educated at ...more

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Joseph Louis François Bertrand is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Joseph Louis François Bertrand Mathematician Joseph Louis François Bertrand was a French mathematician who worked in the fields of number theory, differential geometry, probability theory, economics and thermodynamics.

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Eugène Freyssinet is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Civil engineer, Structural engineer, Engineer Eugène Freyssinet was a French structural and civil engineer. He was the major pioneer of prestressed concrete. Freyssinet was born in at Objat, Corrèze, France. He worked in the ...more

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Albert Caquot is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Engineer Albert Caquot was considered as the "best living French engineer" during half a century. He received the “Croix de guerre 1914–1918 ” and was Grand-croix of the Légion ...more

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Antoine Henri Becquerel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Physicist Antoine Henri Becquerel was a physicist, Nobel laureate, and the discoverer of radioactivity, for work in this field he, along with Marie Skłodowska-Curie and Pierre Curie, received the 1903 ...more

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Jean Bastien-Thiry is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Jean Bastien-Thiry Engineer Jean-Marie Bastien-Thiry was a French Air Force lieutenant-colonel and military air weaponry engineer who attempted to assassinate French President Charles de Gaulle on 22 August 1962, following ...more

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Hervé Faye is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Astronomer Hervé Auguste Étienne Albans Faye was a French astronomer, born at Saint-Benoît-du-Sault and educated at the École Polytechnique, which he left in 1834, before ...more

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Louis Poinsot is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Mathematician Louis Poinsot was a French mathematician and physicist. Poinsot was the inventor of geometrical mechanics, showing how a system of forces acting on a rigid body could be resolved into a single ...more

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Marcel Alexandre Bertrand is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Geologist Marcel Alexandre Bertrand was a French geologist born in Paris. He was the son of mathematician Joseph Louis François Bertrand, and son-in-law to physicist Éleuthère ...more

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Émile Lemoine is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous École Polytechnique Alumni
Mathematician, Civil engineer Émile Michel Hyacinthe Lemoine was a French civil engineer and a mathematician, a geometer in particular. He was educated at a variety of institutions, including the Prytanée ...more