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

List people range from Marie Curie to Jean-Paul Marat.

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Albert Aftalion is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Scientists from France
Dec. at 82 (1874-1956)
Albert Abram Aftalion was a French Jewish economist. He taught at the Paris University. He co-founded the academic journal Revue économique in 1950 and presided over its board of
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Albert Calmette is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Scientists from France
Dec. at 70 (1863-1933)
Léon Charles Albert Calmette ForMemRS was a French physician, bacteriologist and immunologist, and an important officer of the Pasteur Institute. He discovered the Bacillus ...more
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Albert Châtelet is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Scientists from France
Dec. at 77 (1883-1960)
Albert Châtelet was a French politician and mathematician. Châtelet was a student at the École Normale Supérieure from 1905 to 1908, succeeding to the Agrégation ...more
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Alberte Pullman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Scientists from France
age 99
Alberte Pullman. She was a theoretical and quantum chemist. She studied at the Sorbonne starting in 1938. During her studies she worked on calculations at Centre National de la Recherche ...more
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Alfred Joseph Naquet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Scientists 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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Alphonse Milne-Edwards is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Scientists from France
Dec. at 65 (1835-1900)
Alphonse Milne-Edwards was a French mammalologist, ornithologist and carcinologist. He was English in origin, the son of Henri Milne-Edwards and grandson of Bryan Edwards, a Jamaican planter who ...more
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Anatole Abragam is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Scientists from France
Dec. at 97 (1914-2011)
Anatole Abragam was a French physicist who wrote The Principles of Nuclear Magnetism and made significant contributions to the field of nuclear magnetic resonance. Originally from Griva, ...more
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André Guinier is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Scientists from France
Dec. at 89 (1911-2000)
André Guinier was a French physicist who did important work in the field of X-ray diffraction and solid-state physics. He worked at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, ...more
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André Michel Lwoff is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Scientists from France
Dec. at 92 (1902-1994)
André Michel Lwoff was a French microbiologist.
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André Pichot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Scientists from France
André Pichot
André Pichot is a researcher in Epistemology and History of Science, based at CNRS in Strasbourg. He was a pupil of Georges Canguilhem. He is known in France for his critical writings on ...more
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Antoine-Augustin Parmentier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Scientists from France
Antoine-Augustin Parmentier Dec. at 76 (1737-1813)
Antoine-Augustin Parmentier is remembered as a vocal promoter of the potato as a food source for humans in France and throughout Europe. His many other contributions to nutrition and health ...more
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Arnaud Denjoy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Scientists from France
Dec. at 90 (1884-1974)
Arnaud Denjoy was a French mathematician. Denjoy was born in Auch, Gers. His contributions include work in harmonic analysis and differential equations. His integral was the first to be able to ...more
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Auguste Ambroise Tardieu is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Scientists from France
Auguste Ambroise Tardieu Dec. at 61 (1818-1879)
Auguste Ambroise Tardieu was a French medical doctor and the pre-eminent forensic medical scientist of the mid-19th century. The son of artist and mapmaker Ambroise Tardieu, he achieved his ...more
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Benoit Mandelbrot is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Scientists from France
Dec. at 86 (1924-2010)
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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Bernard Brunhes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Scientists from France
Bernard Brunhes Dec. at 43 (1867-1910)
Antoine Joseph Bernard Brunhes was a French geophysicist known for his pioneering work in paleomagnetism, in particular, his 1906 discovery of geomagnetic reversal. The Brunhes–Matuyama reversal ...more
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Bernard Cabane is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Scientists from France
Bernard Cabane
Bernard Cabane is a French Scientist, director in the French National Center for Scientific Research in ESPCI ParisTech and corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences. Expert in wine ...more
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Bernard Pullman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Scientists from France
Bernard Pullman Dec. at 77 (1919-1996)
Bernard Pullman was a French theoretical quantum chemist and quantum biochemist. Pullman studied at the Sorbonne, then spent the Second World War as a French Army officer in Africa and the ...more
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Camille Guérin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Scientists from France
Camille Guérin Dec. at 89 (1872-1961)
Jean-Marie Camille Guérin was a French veterinarian, bacteriologist and immunologist who, together with Albert Calmette, developed the Bacillus Calmette-Guérin, a vaccine for ...more
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Caroline Moreau is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Scientists from France
Caroline Moreau
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Charles Athanase Walckenaer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Scientists from France
Charles Athanase Walckenaer Dec. at 81 (1771-1852)
Baron Charles Athanase Walckenaer was a French civil servant and scientist.
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Charles-François Dupuis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Scientists from France
Charles-François Dupuis Dec. at 67 (1742-1809)
Charles François Dupuis was a French savant, a professor of rhetoric at the Collège de Lisieux, Paris, who studied for the law in his spare time and was received as avocat in 1770. ...more
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Claude Allègre is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Scientists from France
age 81
Claude Allègre is a French politician and scientist.
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Claude Bourgelat is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Scientists from France
Claude Bourgelat Dec. at 67 (1712-1779)
Claude Bourgelat was a French veterinary surgeon. Bourgelat was born at Lyon. He was the founder of veterinary colleges at Lyon in 1761, as well as an authority on horse management, and often ...more
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Claude François Lallemand is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Scientists from France
Claude François Lallemand Dec. at 64 (1790-1854)
Claude François Lallemand was a French physician. After serving as assistant surgeon in the armies of the Empire, he studied in Paris at the Hotel Dieu under Guillaume Dupuytren, and, ...more
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Corentin Louis Kervran is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Scientists from France
Corentin Louis Kervran Dec. at 82 (1901-1983)
Corentin Louis Kervran was a French scientist. Kervran was born in Quimper, Finistère, and received a degree as an engineer in 1925. In WWII he was part of the French Resistance. Kervran ...more