Find out more about the greatest 20th Century French Scientists, including Alexander Grothendieck, Cédric Villani, Frédéric Joliot-Curie, Serge Haroche and Jean-Pierre Serre.
Marie CurieMarie Curie
07 November 1867
First woman to win a Nobel Prize
René GirardRené Girard
25 December 1923
Philosopher

Alexander GrothendieckAlexander Grothendieck
28 March 1928
Mathematician

Frédéric Joliot-CurieFrédéric Joliot-Curie
19 March 1900
Physicist

Jacques MonodJacques Monod
09 February 1910
Biologist

Claude Cohen-TannoudjiClaude Cohen-Tannoudji
01 April 1933
Physicist
François JacobFrançois Jacob
17 June 1920
Biologist

Georges Charpak Georges Charpak
01 August 1924
Physicist

Roger GuilleminRoger Guillemin
11 January 1924
Physiologist
Pierre Gilles de GennesPierre-Gilles de Gennes
24 October 1932
Physicist

Louis Eugène Félix Néel Louis Néel
22 November 1904
Physicist
Alfred Kastler Alfred Kastler
03 May 1902
Physicist

Jean-Marie LehnJean-Marie Lehn
30 September 1939
Chemist

Jean DaussetJean Dausset
19 October 1916
Immunologist

Andre WeilAndre Weil
06 May 1906
Mathematician

André Michel LwoffAndré Lwoff
08 May 1902
Microbiologist
Benoit MandelbrotBenoit Mandelbrot
20 November 1924
Mathematician, Economist, Professor, Scientist,

Cédric VillaniCédric Villani
05 October 1973
Mathematician, Physicist, University teacher

Luc MontagnierLuc Montagnier
18 August 1932
Physician, Biologist, Virologist, Researcher,

Pierre JoliotPierre Joliot
12 March 1932
Biologist, Biochemist, Professor
Matthieu RicardMatthieu Ricard
15 February 1946
Molecular biologist, Photographer, Bhikkhu,

Jean-Pierre SerreJean-Pierre Serre
15 September 1926
Mathematician, Topologist, Professor
Audrey MestreAudrey Mestre
11 August 1974
Free-diver, Marine biologist

Fred VargasFred Vargas
07 June 1957
Writer, Archaeologist, Novelist, Historian

Raymond QueneauRaymond Queneau
21 February 1903
Poet, Playwright, Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter,
Peter GrünbergPeter Grünberg
18 May 1939
Physicist, University teacher

Albert FertAlbert Fert
07 March 1938
Physicist, University teacher
Serge LangSerge Lang
19 May 1927
Mathematician

Mikhail Leonidovich GromovMikhail Leonidovich Gromov
23 December 1943
Mathematician, University teacher

Pierre DuhemPierre Duhem
10 June 1861
Historian
Maxim KontsevichMaxim Kontsevich
25 August 1964
Mathematician, Topologist

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Serge HarocheSerge Haroche
11 September 1944
Physicist, University teacher
Philippe KahnPhilippe Kahn
16 March 1952
Entrepreneur, Computer scientist

Henri CartanHenri Cartan
08 July 1904
Mathematician

Laurent SchwartzLaurent Schwartz
05 March 1915
Mathematician, University teacher, Entomologist

Jacques TitsJacques Tits
12 August 1930
Mathematician, University teacher, Professor
Alain AspectAlain Aspect
15 June 1947
Physicist
David Servan-SchreiberDavid Servan-Schreiber
21 April 1961
Neuroscientist and psychiatrist

Alain ConnesAlain Connes
01 April 1947
Mathematician, Professor

Sergei WinogradskySergei Winogradsky
01 September 1856
Microbiologist

Paul PainlevéPaul Painlevé
05 December 1863
Mathematician
Jacques BenvenisteJacques Benveniste
12 March 1935
Physician, Immunologist

Pierre-Louis LionsPierre-Louis Lions
11 August 1956
Mathematician

Didier SornetteDidier Sornette
25 June 1957
Physicist, Economist

Jean-Pierre SauvageJean-Pierre Sauvage
21 October 1944
Chemist

René ThomRené Thom
02 September 1923
Mathematician, University teacher
Joseph SifakisJoseph Sifakis
26 December 1946
Computer scientist

Albert CalmetteAlbert Calmette
12 July 1863
Physician
Jean DieudonnéJean Dieudonné
01 July 1906
Mathematician

Wendelin WernerWendelin Werner
23 September 1968
Mathematician

Pierre BézierPierre Bézier
01 September 1910
Engineer, Mathematician, Computer scientist
Jean-Christophe YoccozJean-Christophe Yoccoz
29 May 1957
Mathematician

René DubosRené Dubos
20 February 1901
Microbiologist
Laurent LafforgueLaurent Lafforgue
06 November 1966
Mathematician

Maurice René FréchetMaurice René Fréchet
02 September 1878
Mathematician

Henri BreuilHenri Breuil
28 February 1877
Archaeologist

Joseph BertrandJoseph Bertrand
11 March 1822
Mathematician

Maurice TaiebMaurice Taieb
22 July 1935
Geologist