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

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

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A. E. Becquerel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Physicists from France
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A. E. Becquerel


Alexandre-Edmond Becquerel, known as Edmond Becquerel, was a French physicist who studied the solar spectrum, magnetism, electricity and optics. He is credited with the discovery of the photovoltaic effect, the operating principle of the solar cell, in 1839. He is also known for his work in ...more

Age: Died at 71 (1820-1891)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Profession: Physicist

Adhémar Jean Claude Barré de S... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Physicists from France
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Adhémar Jean Claude Barré de Saint-Venant was a mechanician and mathematician who contributed to early stress analysis and also developed the unsteady open channel flow shallow water equations, also known as the Saint-Venant equations that are a fundamental set of equations used in modern hydraulic ...more

Age: Died at 89 (1797-1886)

Birthplace: Seine-et-Marne, France

Profession: Mathematician, Physicist

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Alain Aspect is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Physicists from France
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Alain Aspect


Alain Aspect is a French physicist noted for his experimental work on quantum entanglement. ...more

Age: 69

Birthplace: Agen, France

Profession: Physicist

Albert Fert is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Physicists from France
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Albert Fert is a French physicist and one of the discoverers of giant magnetoresistance which brought about a breakthrough in gigabyte hard disks. Currently, he is an emeritus professor at Université Paris-Sud in Orsay and scientific director of a joint laboratory between the Centre national de la ...more

Age: 79

Birthplace: Carcassonne, France

Profession: Physicist, Professor

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