Famous French Computer Scientists

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Jacques Vallée
Jacques Vallée
Birthdate: September 24, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pontoise, Val-d'Oise, France

Jacques Vallée is a French computer scientist, Internet pioneer, venture capitalist, astronomer, ufologist, and author. Vallée is credited with co-developing the first computerized map of Mars, which was used by NASA in the 1960s. An influential personality in the study of UFOs, Jacques Vallée has promoted such hypothesis as the interdimensional hypothesis.

Philippe Kahn
(Entrepreneur, Computer scientist)
Philippe Kahn
Birthdate: March 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris
Pierre Bézier
(Engineer and one of the founders of the fields of solid, geometric and physical modelling)
Pierre Bézier
Birthdate: September 1, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 25, 1999

Born into a family of engineers, Pierre Bézier grew up to earn degrees in both mechanical and electrical engineering. He later redefined the operations at Renault by introducing computer-aided 3D car designs. He popularized what is now known as the Bézier curve and later received a Steven A. Coons Award.

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Joseph Sifakis
(Computer scientist)
Joseph Sifakis
Birthdate: December 26, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Heraklion, Greece

Joseph Sifakis is a Greek-French academic and computer scientist who was honored with the prestigious Turing Award in 2007, along with E. Allen Emerson and Edmund M. Clarke, for his work on model checking. Joseph Sifakis is currently serving as Research Director Emeritus for the French National Centre for Scientific Research at VERIMAG laboratory in France, which he founded.

Jérôme Lalande
Jérôme Lalande
Birthdate: July 11, 1732
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bourg-en-Bresse, France
Died: April 4, 1807

Jérôme Lalande was a French astronomer, freemason, and writer. His parents wanted him to study law, but he became a disciple of astronomer Joseph-Nicholas Delisle instead. He went on to have a brilliant career as an astronomer and was awarded the Lalande Prize by the French Academy of Sciences. His daughter Marie-Jeanne de Lalande also became an astronomer.