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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.

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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 was a French chemist and agronomist who was a professor at the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers.
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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)
Albin Haller was a French chemist. Haller founded the École Nationale Supérieure des Industries Chimiques in Nancy and later won the Davy Medal. Appointed to the French Academy of ...more
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Alexandre Brongniart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Chemists from France
Dec. at 77 (1770-1847)
Alexandre Brongniart was a French chemist, mineralogist, and zoologist, who collaborated with Georges Cuvier on a study of the geology of the region around Paris. He was the son of the architect ...more
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Alexandre-Émile Béguyer de Cha... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Chemists from France
Dec. at 66 (1820-1886)
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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Alfred Joseph Naquet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Chemists from France
Dec. at 82 (1834-1916)
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 ...more
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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)
André-Louis Debierne was a French chemist and is considered the discoverer of the element actinium. Debierne studied at the elite École supérieure de physique et de chimie ...more
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Anselme Payen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Chemists from France
Dec. at 76 (1795-1871)
Anselme Payen was a French chemist known for discovering the enzyme diastase, and the carbohydrate cellulose.
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Anthony Dosseto is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Chemists from France
Anthony Dosseto age 42
Anthony Dosseto, is an ARC Future Fellow and senior lecturer in Geochemistry in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Wollongong. He completed his PhD in ...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)
Antoine Baumé 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)
Pierre Jacques Antoine Béchamp was a French chemist and biologist now best known as a rival of Louis Pasteur. Béchamp did pioneering work in industrial chemistry, developing an ...more
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Antoine Bussy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Chemists from France
Dec. at 88 (1794-1882)
Antoine Alexandre Brutus Bussy was a French chemist who primarily studied bussays. Antoine Bussy entered the École Polytechnique in 1813, and there followed the courses delivered by ...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)
Antoine François, comte de Fourcroy was a French chemist and a contemporary of Antoine Lavoisier. Fourcroy collaborated with Lavoisier, Guyton de Morveau, and Claude Berthollet on the ...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)
Antoine Jérôme Balard 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
Dec. at 51 (1743-1794)
Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier was a French nobleman and chemist central to the 18th-century Chemical Revolution and a large influence on both the histories of chemistry and biology. He is widely ...more
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Antoine Saugrain is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Chemists from France
Dec. at 57 (1763-1820)
Dr. Antoine François Saugrain was a French-born physician and chemist. Saugrain was educated in Paris as a physician and chemist by Antoine Fourcroy and Mathurin-Jacques Brisson. In 1783 ...more
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Armand Barbault is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Chemists from France
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)
Auguste Laurent was a French chemist who helped in the founding of organic chemistry with his discoveries of anthracene, phthalic acid, and carbolic acid. He devised a systematic nomenclature ...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)
Bernard Courtois, also spelled Barnard Courtois, was a French chemist born in Dijon, France.
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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)
Charles François de Cisternay du Fay was a French chemist and superintendent of the Jardin du Roi. He discovered the existence of two types of electricity and named them ...more
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Charles Friedel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Chemists from France
Dec. at 67 (1832-1899)
Charles Friedel was a French chemist and mineralogist. A native of Strasbourg, France, he was a student of Louis Pasteur at the Sorbonne. In 1876, he became a professor of chemistry and ...more
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Charles-Adolphe Wurtz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Chemists from France
Dec. at 67 (1817-1884)
Charles Adolphe Wurtz was an Alsatian French chemist. He is best remembered for his decades-long advocacy for the atomic theory and for ideas about the structures of chemical compounds, against ...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 was a French chemist. He discovered the chemical element bismuth in 1753. Before this time, bismuth-containing minerals were frequently identified as either lead ...more
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Claude Joseph Geoffroy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Chemists from France
Dec. at 67 (1685-1752)
Claude Joseph Geoffroy was the brother of Étienne François Geoffroy. Like his brother, he was an apothecary and chemist. Having a considerable knowledge of botany, he devoted ...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)
Claude Louis Berthollet was a Savoyard-French chemist who became vice president of the French Senate in 1804. He is known for his scientific contributions to theory of chemical equilibria via ...more