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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