Famous French Educators

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Brigitte Macron
(Former Educator and Wife of Emmanuel Macron, President of France)
Brigitte Macron
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Birthdate: April 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Amiens, France

Wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, Brigitte Macron was, interestingly, her husband’s literature and theater teacher at Lycée la Providence. She was the chief strategist during Macron’s 2016-2017 election. Twenty-four years Macron’s senior, Brigitte, was to be the official “First Lady” of France, until a signature campaign thwarted such plans. 

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Pierre de Coubertin
(Father of the Modern Olympic Games)
Pierre de Coubertin
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Birthdate: January 1, 1863
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris
Died: September 2, 1937

Pierre de Coubertin was a French historian and educator. Credited with founding the International Olympic Committee, Coubertin is often referred to as the father of the modern Olympic Games. Also an important contributor to the sport of rugby union, Coubertin was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2007. 

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Nadia Boulanger
(One of the Most Influential Teachers of Musical Composition of the 20th Century)
Nadia Boulanger
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Birthdate: September 16, 1887
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 22, 1979

Born to a music instructor father, French composer and conductor Nadia Boulanger was no stranger to music as a kid. The first woman to conduct prime orchestras, she had the who’s who of the music industry, such as Elliott Carter, Roy Harris, and Quincy Jones, on her list of students.

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Fernand Braudel
(French Historian and Leader of the Annales School)
Fernand Braudel
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Birthdate: August 24, 1902
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Luméville-en-Ornois, France
Died: November 27, 1985

Fernand Braudel was a French historian who led a group of historians who were associated with the Annales School. Braudel is credited with popularizing the school in France. As the leader of the school during the 1950s and 1960s, Braudel had a major influence on historical writings around the world. He is also counted among the forefathers of world-systems theory.

Charles-Michel de l'Épée
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Birthdate: November 24, 1712
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Versailles, Yvelines, France
Died: December 23, 1789

Eighteenth-century philanthropic educator Charles-Michel de l'Épée is regarded as the Father of the Deaf for pioneering the education of the deaf and dumb. He laid down the Signed French system, which enabled the deaf to participate in legal proceedings. His French Sign Language laid the path to the American Sign Language.

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Allan Kardec
(French Educator, Author, and Translator Best Remembered for Writing Five Book Collection Named 'Spiritist Codification')
Allan Kardec
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Birthdate: October 3, 1804
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: March 31, 1869

Allan Kardec was a French educator, author, and translator. The founder of Spiritism, Kardec is best remembered for writing five books which are collectively known as the Spiritist Codification. His work with Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi helped lay the foundation for the teaching model in France and Germany.

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Paul Dukas
(French Composer Best Known for the Orchestral Piece 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice')
Paul Dukas
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Birthdate: October 1, 1865
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 17, 1935

Best known for his masterpiece The Sorcerer's Apprentice, French composer Paul Dukas was admired by both conservative and progressive French musicians. Born to a pianist mother, Dukas had begun composing while recovering from an ailment at age 14. Shortly before his death, he destroyed most of his manuscripts.

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Lucie Aubrac
(French History Teacher and Member of the ‘French Resistance’ During the Second World War’)
Lucie Aubrac
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Birthdate: June 29, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mâcon, France
Died: March 14, 2007

Lucie Samuel was a French history-teacher and member of French Resistance during Second World War. She obtained an agrégation of history, an uncommon feat for a woman of her time. Her husband Raymond Aubrac, a leader of French Resistance, was given death-sentence. Lucie helped in organising his escape from prison. The couple later joined Charles de Gaulle’s government in exile. 

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Jacques Lecoq
(Stage Actor and Acting Movement Coach Best Known for His Teaching Methods in Physical Theatre, Movement, and Mime)
Jacques Lecoq
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Birthdate: December 15, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 19, 1999
Jacques Lecoq was a French actor and teacher best remembered for his teaching methods in mime and physical theatre. He is credited with  founding the École internationale de théâtre Jacques Lecoq where he taught from 1956 to 1999.  
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Guy Gilbert
(Priest)
Guy Gilbert
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Birthdate: September 12, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rochefort, France

French Roman Catholic priest Guy Gilbert was trained in Algeria and later began his spiritual career working with juvenile delinquents in France. He has mentored Belgian prince Laurent and has also worked for Radio Notre-Dame and La Croix. The Légion d’Honneur winner has also penned several books.

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Verónika Mendoza
(Peruvian-French Politician, Educator, and Psychologist)
Verónika Mendoza
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Birthdate: December 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Sebastián, Peru

Verónika Mendoza is a Peruvian-French politician, educator, and psychologist. She is currently serving as the president of a left-wing political party called New Peru, which she founded in 2017. Verónika Mendoza is also known for her association with the Universidad Nacional del Altiplano de Puno, where she worked as a professor before commencing her political career.

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Frédéric Ozanam
(Literary Scholar, Lawyer, Journalist And Founder of Society of Saint Vincent de Paul)
Frédéric Ozanam
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Birthdate: April 23, 1813
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: September 8, 1853

Frédéric Ozanam was a French lawyer, literary scholar, equal rights advocate, and journalist. He is credited with co-founding the Conference of Charity, which came to be known as the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. in 1997, Frédéric Ozanam was beatified at Notre Dame de Paris by Pope John Paul II and his feast day is observed on 9 September.

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Thomas Couture
(Fine art artist)
Thomas Couture
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Birthdate: December 21, 1815
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Senlis, France
Died: March 30, 1879
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Marie Souvestre
(Educator)
Marie Souvestre
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Birthdate: May 28, 1830
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brest, France
Died: March 30, 1905
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Fromental Halévy
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Birthdate: May 27, 1799
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 17, 1862
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Jean Dieudonné
(Mathematician)
Jean Dieudonné
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Birthdate: July 1, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lille, France
Died: November 29, 1992
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Anton Reicha
(Educator)
Anton Reicha
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Birthdate: February 26, 1770
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: May 28, 1836
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Stanley Hoffmann
(Professor)
Stanley Hoffmann
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Birthdate: November 27, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: September 13, 2015
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Ambroise Thomas
(Composer)
Ambroise Thomas
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Birthdate: August 5, 1811
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Metz, France
Died: February 12, 1896
John Baptist de La Salle
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Birthdate: April 30, 1651
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kingdom of France
Died: April 7, 1719

John Baptist de La Salle, also known as La Salle, is remembered as the founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, or the de La Salle Brothers. Apart from setting up charitable boarding schools, he also trained teachers. He is revered as the patron saint of school teachers and educators.

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Charles Koechlin
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Birthdate: November 27, 1867
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 31, 1950
Edward Frederick Sorin
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Birthdate: February 6, 1814
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ahuille, France
Died: October 31, 1893
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Alain Mabanckou
(Novelist)
Alain Mabanckou
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Birthdate: February 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pointe-Noire, Republic of the Congo
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Gilles Lipovetsky
(Philosopher)
Gilles Lipovetsky
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Birthdate: September 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Millau, France

Gilles Lipovetsky is a French sociologist, philosopher, and writer. He also serves as a professor at the prestigious Stendhal University in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. An influential figure, Lipovetsky has written about important topics like globalization, feminism, consumerism, and modern culture.

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Laurent Lafforgue
(Mathematician)
Laurent Lafforgue
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Birthdate: November 6, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Antony, France
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Jean-Christophe Yoccoz
(Mathematician)
Jean-Christophe Yoccoz
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Birthdate: May 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 3, 2016
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Lucien Lévy-Bruhl
(French Scholar, Philosopher and Anthropologist Best Known for His Theory of Primitive ‘Prelogical’ Thinking)
Lucien Lévy-Bruhl
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Birthdate: April 10, 1857
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 13, 1939

Lucien Lévy-Bruhl was a French scholar best remembered for his contributions to the fields of ethnology and sociology. Although he was trained in philosophy, Lévy-Bruhl helped further anthropology. His work had a major influence on the works of Carl Gustav Jung, especially his psychological theory.

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Philipp Spener
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Birthdate: January 13, 1635
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ribeauvillé, France
Died: February 5, 1705
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Théodore Dubois
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Birthdate: August 24, 1837
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rosnay, France
Died: June 11, 1924
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Yvonne Loriod
(Pianist)
Yvonne Loriod
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Birthdate: January 20, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Houilles, France
Died: May 17, 2010
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Anthony Benezet
(Educator)
Anthony Benezet
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Birthdate: January 31, 1713
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint-Quentin, France
Died: May 3, 1784
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Valentin Haüy
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Birthdate: November 13, 1745
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint-Just-en-Chaussee, France
Died: March 19, 1822
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Pierre Fournier
(Cellist, Music pedagogue)
Pierre Fournier
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Birthdate: June 24, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 8, 1986
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Francis Rapp
(Medievalist)
Francis Rapp
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Birthdate: June 27, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: March 29, 2020
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Jean de Gerson
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Birthdate: December 13, 1363
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kingdom of France
Died: July 12, 1429
Stéphanie Félicité, comtesse de Genlis
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Birthdate: January 25, 1746
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Issy-l'Évêque, Saône-et-Loire
Died: December 31, 1830
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Carlos Salzedo
(Musician)
Carlos Salzedo
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Birthdate: April 6, 1885
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Arcachon, France
Died: August 17, 1961
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Henri Herz
(Austrian-born French Composer, Pianist, and Piano Manufacturer)
Henri Herz
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Birthdate: January 6, 1803
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 5, 1888
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Ferdinand Buisson
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Birthdate: December 20, 1841
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 16, 1932
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Abraham Hyacinthe Anquetil-Duperron
(French Scholar and Linguist)
Abraham Hyacinthe Anquetil-Duperron
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Birthdate: December 7, 1731
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 17, 1805

Abraham Hyacinthe Anquetil-Duperron was a French orientalist, considered to be the first professional French Indologist. He is credited to have created the blueprint for the new professional field. He developed an early interest in oriental languages as a young man and traveled to India to study Indian languages. He also had a keen interest in the occult. 

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Théodore Monod
(French Naturalist and Academician Who Spent His Whole Life Exploring Natural Species in the Sahara)
Théodore Monod
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Birthdate: April 9, 1902
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rouen, France
Died: November 22, 2000

A professor at Paris’s National Museum of Natural History, French naturalist Théodore Monod founded the cultural institute IFAN in Senegal. He spent a huge chunk of his life studying natural life in the Sahara and had several plant, insect, crustaceans, and fish species named after him.

François Alexandre Frédéric, duc de la Rochefoucauld-Liancourt
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Birthdate: January 11, 1747
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: France
Died: March 27, 1827
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Henri II Estienne
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Birthdate: 1528 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1598 AD
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Jean Hardouin
(Librarian)
Jean Hardouin
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Birthdate: December 23, 1646
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Quimper, France
Died: September 3, 1729
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Joseph Jacotot
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Birthdate: March 4, 1770
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dijon, France
Died: July 30, 1840
Roch-Ambroise Cucurron Sicard
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Birthdate: September 20, 1742
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Le Fousseret, France
Died: May 10, 1822
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Édouard Goursat
(Mathematician)
Édouard Goursat
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Birthdate: May 21, 1858
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lanzac, France
Died: November 25, 1936
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Arnold Dolmetsch
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Birthdate: February 24, 1858
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Le Mans, France
Died: February 28, 1940
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Nicholas Of Lyra
(Biblical scholar)
Nicholas Of Lyra
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Birthdate: 1270 AD
Birthplace: Vieille-Lyre, France
Died: October 23, 1349
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Hucbald
(Musical Composer)
Hucbald
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Birthdate: 0840 AD
Birthplace: France
Died: June 20, 0930