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Famous Scientists from France

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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.

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

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    Albert Aftalion

    Albert Aftalion

    Dec. at 82 (1874-1956)

    BirthplaceRuse, Bulgaria, Severen tsentralen, Bulgaria

    Albert Abram Aftalion (October 21, 1874, Rusçuk, Ottoman Empire – December 6, 1956, Geneva,... more on Wikipedia
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    Albert Calmette

    Albert Calmette

    Dec. at 70 (1863-1933)

    BirthplaceNice, France

    Léon Charles Albert Calmette ForMemRS (12 July 1863 – 29 October 1933) was a French physician,... more on Wikipedia
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    Albert Châtelet

    Dec. at 77 (1883-1960)

    BirthplaceValhuon, France

    Albert Châtelet (24 October 1883 – 30 June 1960) was a French politician and mathematician.
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    Alberte Pullman
    Alberte Pullman (née Bucher) (August 26, 1920 – January 7, 2011). She was a theoretical and... more on Wikipedia
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    Alfred Joseph Naquet

    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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    Alphonse Milne-Edwards

    Alphonse Milne-Edwards

    Dec. at 65 (1835-1900)

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Alphonse Milne-Edwards (Paris, 13 October 1835 – Paris, 21 April 1900) was a French... more on Wikipedia
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    Anatole Abragam

    Anatole Abragam

    Dec. at 97 (1914-2011)

    BirthplaceRussia

    Anatole Abragam (December 15, 1914 – June 8, 2011) was a French physicist who wrote The... more on Wikipedia
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    André Guinier

    André Guinier

    Dec. at 89 (1911-2000)
    André Guinier (1 August 1911 – 3 July 2000) was a French physicist who did important work in... more on Wikipedia
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    André Michel Lwoff

    Dec. at 92 (1902-1994)

    BirthplaceAinay-le-Château, France

    André Michel Lwoff (8 May 1902 – 30 September 1994) was a French microbiologist and Nobel... more on Wikipedia
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    André Pichot

    André Pichot

    André Pichot (born in 1950) is a researcher in Epistemology and History of Science, based at... more on Wikipedia
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    Antoine-Augustin Parmentier

    Antoine-Augustin Parmentier

    Dec. at 76 (1737-1813)

    BirthplaceMontdidier, France

    Antoine-Augustin Parmentier (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃twanə.oɡystɛ̃ paʁmɑ̃tje]; Montdidier 12... more on Wikipedia
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    Arnaud Denjoy

    Arnaud Denjoy

    Dec. at 90 (1884-1974)

    BirthplaceAuch, France

    Arnaud Denjoy (French: [dɑ̃ˈʒwa]; 1884–1974) was a French mathematician.
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    Auguste Ambroise Tardieu

    Auguste Ambroise Tardieu

    Dec. at 61 (1818-1879)

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Auguste Ambroise Tardieu (10 March 1818 – 12 January 1879) was a French medical doctor and... more on Wikipedia
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    Benoit Mandelbrot

    Benoit Mandelbrot

    Dec. at 86 (1924-2010)

    BirthplaceWarsaw, Second Polish Republic

    Benoit B.  Mandelbrot  (20 November 1924 – 14 October 2010) was a Polish-born, French and... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Bernard Brunhes

    Bernard Brunhes

    Dec. at 43 (1867-1910)
    Antoine Joseph Bernard Brunhes (3 July 1867 – 10 May 1910) was a French geophysicist known for... more on Wikipedia
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    Bernard Cabane

    Bernard Cabane

    Bernard Cabane (born 12 October 1945) is a French mountaineer, scientist (physicist and... more on Wikipedia
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    Bernard Pullman

    Dec. at 77 (1919-1996)
    Bernard Pullman (19 March 1919, Wloclawek Poland – 9 June 1996) was a French theoretical... more on Wikipedia
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    Camille Guérin

    Camille Guérin

    Dec. at 89 (1872-1961)

    BirthplacePoitiers, France

    Jean-Marie Camille Guérin (French: [ɡeʁɛ̃]; 22 December 1872 – 9 June 1961) was a French... more on Wikipedia
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    Caroline Moreau

    Caroline Moreau

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    Charles Athanase Walckenaer

    Charles Athanase Walckenaer

    Dec. at 81 (1771-1852)

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Baron Charles Athanase Walckenaer (25 December 1771 – 28 April 1852) was a French civil... more on Wikipedia
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    Charles-François Dupuis

    Charles-François Dupuis

    Dec. at 67 (1742-1809)

    BirthplaceTrie-Château, France

    Charles François Dupuis (26 October 1742 – 29 September 1809) was a French savant, a professor... more on Wikipedia
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    Claude Allègre

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Claude (Jean) Allègre (French pronunciation: ​[klodaˈlɛɡʁ]; born 31 March 1937, Paris) is a... more on Wikipedia
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    Claude Bourgelat

    Claude Bourgelat

    Dec. at 67 (1712-1779)

    BirthplaceLyon, France

    Claude Bourgelat (27 March 1712 – 3 January 1779) was a French veterinary surgeon. Bourgelat... more on Wikipedia
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    Claude François Lallemand

    Claude François Lallemand

    Dec. at 64 (1790-1854)

    BirthplaceFrance

    Claude François Lallemand (January 26, 1790 in Metz – August 25, 1854 in Marseille) was a... more on Wikipedia
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    Corentin Louis Kervran

    Corentin Louis Kervran

    Dec. at 82 (1901-1983)

    BirthplaceQuimper, France

    Corentin Louis Kervran (3 March 1901 – 2 February 1983) was a French scientist. Kervran was... more on Wikipedia