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Famous Chemists from France

Updated October 13, 2018 5.7k views111 items

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

The list you're viewing is made up of people like Louis Le Prince and Marie Curie.

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

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    Aimé Girard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Chemists from France

    Aimé Girard

    Dec. at 68 (1830-1898)
    Alfred Claude Aimé Girard (December 22, 1831 – April 12, 1898) was a French chemist and... more
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    Albin Haller is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Chemists from France

    Albin Haller

    Dec. at 76 (1849-1925)

    BirthplaceFellering

    Albin Haller (7 March 1849, Fellering – 1 May 1925) was a French chemist.Haller founded the... more
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    Alexandre Brongniart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Chemists from France

    Alexandre Brongniart

    Dec. at 77 (1770-1847)

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Alexandre Brongniart (5 February 1770 – 7 October 1847) was a French chemist, mineralogist,... more
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    Alexandre-Émile Béguyer de Cha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Chemists from France

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Alexandre-Émile Béguyer de Chancourtois (20 January 1820 – 14 November 1886) was a French... more
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    Alfred Joseph Naquet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Chemists from France

    Alfred Joseph Naquet

    Dec. at 82 (1834-1916)

    BirthplaceCarpentras, France

    Alfred Joseph Naquet (6 October 1834 – 10 November 1916), was a French chemist and politician.
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    André-Louis Debierne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Chemists from France

    André-Louis Debierne

    Dec. at 75 (1874-1949)

    BirthplaceParis, France

    André-Louis Debierne (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃dʁe lwi dəbjɛʁn]; 14 July 1874 – 31 August... more
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    Anselme Payen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Chemists from France

    Anselme Payen

    Dec. at 76 (1795-1871)

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Anselme Payen (French: [pa.jɛ̃]; 6 January 1795 – 13 May 1871) was a French chemist known for... more
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    Anthony Dosseto is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Chemists from France

    Anthony Dosseto

    Age: 44

    BirthplaceMarseille, France

    Anthony Dosseto, is an ARC Future Fellow and senior lecturer in Geochemistry in the School of... more
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    Antoine Baumé is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Chemists from France

    Antoine Baumé

    Dec. at 76 (1728-1804)

    BirthplaceSenlis, France

    Antoine Baumé (26 February 1728 – 15 October 1804) was a French chemist.
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    Antoine Béchamp is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Chemists from France

    Antoine Béchamp

    Dec. at 92 (1816-1908)

    BirthplaceBassing, France

    Pierre Jacques Antoine Béchamp (October 16, 1816 – April 15, 1908) was a French scientist now... more
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    Antoine Bussy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Chemists from France

    Antoine Bussy

    Dec. at 88 (1794-1882)

    BirthplaceMarseille, France

    Antoine Alexandre Brutus Bussy (29 May 1794, Marseille – 1 February 1882, Paris) was a French... more
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    Antoine François, comte de Fou is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Chemists from France

    Antoine François, comte de Fourcroy

    Dec. at 54 (1755-1809)

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Antoine François, comte de Fourcroy (15 June 1755 – 16 December 1809) was a French chemist and... more
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    Antoine Jérôme Balard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Chemists from France

    Antoine Jérôme Balard

    Dec. at 74 (1802-1876)

    BirthplaceMontpellier, France

    Antoine Jérôme Balard (1802–1876) was a French chemist and one of the discoverers of bromine.
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    Antoine Lavoisier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Chemists from France

    Antoine Lavoisier

    Dec. at 51 (1743-1794)

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier (UK: lav-WUZ-ee-ay, US: lə-VWAH-zee-ay, French: [ɑ̃twan lɔʁɑ̃... more
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    Antoine Saugrain is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Chemists from France

    Antoine Saugrain

    Dec. at 57 (1763-1820)
    Dr. Antoine François Pierre Saugrain (Paris, 17/02/1763 France – St. Louis, Missouri,... more
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    Armand Barbault is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Chemists from France

    Armand Barbault

    Dec. at 68 (1906-1974)
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    Auguste Laurent is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Chemists from France

    Auguste Laurent

    Dec. at 46 (1807-1853)

    BirthplaceLa Folie, France

    Auguste Laurent (14 November 1807 – 15 April 1853) was a French chemist who helped in the... more
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    Bernard Courtois is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Chemists from France

    Bernard Courtois

    Dec. at 61 (1777-1838)

    BirthplaceDijon, France

    Bernard Courtois, also spelled Barnard Courtois, (8 February 1777 – 27 September 1838) was a... more
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    Charles François de Cisternay  is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Chemists from France

    Charles François de Cisternay du Fay

    Dec. at 41 (1698-1739)

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Charles François de Cisternay du Fay (14 September 1698 – 16 July 1739) was a French chemist... more
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    Charles Friedel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Chemists from France

    Charles Friedel

    Dec. at 67 (1832-1899)

    BirthplaceStrasbourg, France

    Charles Friedel (French: [fʁidɛl]; 12 March 1832 – 20 April 1899) was a French chemist and... more
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    Charles-Adolphe Wurtz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Chemists from France

    Charles-Adolphe Wurtz

    Dec. at 67 (1817-1884)

    BirthplaceWolfisheim, France

    Charles Adolphe Wurtz (French: [vyʁts]; 26 November 1817 – 10 May 1884) was an Alsatian French... more
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    Claude Caron is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Chemists from France

    Claude Caron

    Claude Caron was a chemist.
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    Claude François Geoffroy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Chemists from France

    Claude François Geoffroy

    Dec. at 24 (1729-1753)
    Claude François Geoffroy (1729 – 18 June 1753) was a French chemist. In 1753 he proved the... more
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    Claude Joseph Geoffroy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Chemists from France

    Claude Joseph Geoffroy

    Dec. at 67 (1685-1752)
    Claude Joseph Geoffroy (8 August 1685, Paris – 9 March 1752, Paris) was the brother of Étienne... more
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    Claude Louis Berthollet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Chemists from France

    Claude Louis Berthollet

    Dec. at 74 (1748-1822)

    BirthplaceTalloires, France

    Claude Louis Berthollet (9 December 1748 in Talloires, France – 6 November 1822 in Arcueil,... more
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