Famous Computer Scientists from France

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

List people include Philippe Kahn, Jacques Vallée and many additional people as well.

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

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  • Alain Colmerauer

    Alain Colmerauer (24 January 1941 – 12 May 2017) was a French computer scientist. He was a professor at Aix-Marseille University, and the creator of the logic programming language Prolog.
    • Age: 82
    • Birthplace: Carcassonne, France
  • Alain Fournier (1943–2000) was a computer graphics researcher.
    • Age: Dec. at 57 (1943-2000)
  • Bernard Chazelle
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    Bernard Chazelle (born November 5, 1955) is a French-American computer scientist. He is currently the Eugene Higgins Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University. Much of his work is in computational geometry, where he is known for his study of algorithms, such as linear-time triangulation of a simple polygon, as well as major complexity results, such as lower bound techniques based on discrepancy theory. He is also known for his invention of the soft heap data structure and the most asymptotically efficient known algorithm for finding minimum spanning trees.
    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
  • Damien Doligez is a French academic and programmer. He is best known for his role as a developer of the OCaml system, especially its garbage collector. He is research scientist (chargé de recherche) at the French government research institution INRIA.
  • Sami Erol Gelenbe (born 22 August 1945) is a Turkish-French computer scientist, electronic engineer and applied mathematician who is professor in Computer-Communications at Imperial College. Known for pioneering the field of modelling and performance evaluation of computer systems and networks throughout Europe, he invented the random neural network and the eponymous G-networks. His many awards include the ACM SIGMETRICS Life-Time Achievement Award, and the in Memoriam Dennis Gabor Award of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
    • Age: 78
    • Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Gérard Berry

    Gérard Philippe Berry (born 25 December 1948) is a French computer scientist, member of French Academy of Sciences (Académie des sciences), French Academy of Technologies (Académie des technologies), and Academia Europaea. He was the Chief Scientist Officer of Esterel Technologies from 2000 to 2009. He held the 2007-2008 yearly Liliane Bettencourt chair of Technological Innovation at the Collège de France. He is currently Director of Research at INRIA and is holding the 2009-2010 yearly Informatics and Digital Sciences chair at the Collège de France. Berry's work, which spans over more than 30 years, brought important contributions to three main fields: lambda calculus and functional programming parallel and real-time programming languages design automation for synchronous digital circuitsBerry is known for the Esterel programming language.
    • Age: 74