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CNRS Gold medallists

Since it was created in 1954, the CNRS Gold Medal is awarded annually to scientific figures who have made an exceptional contribution, in a range of disciplines, to the innovation and influence of French research. It is presented to eminent, internationally renowned scientists for their career and work.

Portrait of Eric Karsenty
2015

Eric Karsenty
Biologist

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Portrait of Gérad Berry
2014

Gérad Berry
Computer science

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Portrait of Margaret Buckingham
2013

Margaret Buckingham
Developmental biology

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Portrait of Philippe Descola
2012

Philippe Descola
Anthropology

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Portrait of Jules Hoffmann
2011

Jules Hoffmann
Biology | Nobel Prize in physiology or medecine 2011

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Portrait of Gérard Férey
2010

Gérard Férey
Chemistry

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Portrait of Serge Haroche
2009

Serge Haroche
Physics | Nobel Prize in physics 2012

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Portrait of Jean Weissenbarch
2008

Jean Weissenbarch
Genetics

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Portrait of Jean Tirole
2007

Jean Tirole
Economic sciences | Nobel Prize in economic sciences 2014

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Portrait of Jacques Stern
2006

Jacques Stern
Computer science

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Portrait of Alain Aspect
2005

Alain Aspect
Physics

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Portrait of Alain Connes
2004

Alain Connes
Mathematics | Fields medal 1982

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Portrait of Albert Fert
2003

Albert Fert
Physics | Nobel Prize in physics 2007

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Portrait of Claude Lorius and Jean Jouzel
2002

Claude Lorius
& Jean Jouzel
Climatology

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Portrait of Maurice Godelier
2001

Maurice Godelier
Anthropology

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Portrait of Michel Lazdunski
2000

Michel Lazdunski
Biochemistry

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Portrait of Jean-Claude Risset
1999

Jean-Claude Risset
Computer music

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Portrait of Pierre Potier
1998

Pierre Potier
Chemistry

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Portrait of Jean Rouxel
1997

Jean Rouxel
Chemistry

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Portrait of Claude Cohen-Tannoudji
1996

Claude Cohen-Tannoudji
Physics | Nobel Prize in physics 1997

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Portrait of Claude Hagege
1995

Claude Hagege
Linguistics

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Portrait of Claude Allegre
1994

Claude Allegre
Earth physics

Portrait of Pierre Bourdieu
1993

Pierre Bourdieu
Sociology

Portrait of Jean-Pierre Changeux
1992

Jean-Pierre Changeux
Neurobiology

Portrait of Jacques Le Goff
1991

Jacques Le Goff
History

Portait of Marc Julia
1990

Marc Julia
Chemistry

Portrait of Michel Jouvet
1989

Michel Jouvet
Biology

Portrait of Philippe Nozieres
1988

Philippe Nozieres
Physics

Portrait of Georges Canguilhem
1987

Georges Canguilhem
Philiosophy

Portrait of Jean-Pierre Serre
1987

Jean-Pierre Serre
Mathematics | Fields medal 1954

Portrait of Nicole Le Douarin
1986

Nicole
Le Douarin
Embryology

Portrait of Piotr Slonimsky
1985

Piotr Slonimsky
Genetics

Portrait of Jean Brossel
1984

Jean Brossel
Physics

Portrait of Jean-Pierre Vernant
1984

Jean-Pierre Vernant
History

Portrait of Evry Schatzman
1983

Evry Schatzman
Astrophysics

Portrait of Pierre Joliot
1982

Pierre Joliot
Biochemistry

Portrait of Jean-Marie Lehn
1981

Jean-Marie Lehn
Chemistry | Nobel Prize in chemistry 1987

Portrait of Roland Martin
1981

Roland Martin
Archeology

Portrait of Pierre-Gille de Gennes
1980

Pierre-Gille
de Gennes
Physics | Nobel Prize in physics 1991

Portrait of Pierre Chambon
1979

Pierre Chambon
Biology

Portrait of maurice Allais
1978

Maurice Allais
Economics | Nobel Prize in economics 1988

Portrait of Pierre Jacquinot
1978

Pierre Jacquinot
Physics

Portrait of Charles Fehrenbach
1977

Charles Fehrenbach
Astronomy

1976

Henri Cartan
Mathematics

1975

Raymond Castaing
Physics

Portrait of Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt
1975

Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt
Egyptology

Portrait of Edgar Lederer
1974

Edgar Lederer
Biochemistry

Portrait of André Leroi-Gourhan
1973

André
Leroi-Gourhan
Ethnology

Portrait of Jacques Oudin
1972

Jacques Oudin
Immunology

Portrait of Bernard Halpern
1971

Bernard Halpern
Immunology

Portrait of Jacques Friedel
1970

Jacques Friedel
Physics

Portrait of Georges Chaudron
1969

Georges Chaudron
Chemistry

Portrait of Boris Ephrussi
1968

Boris Ephrussi
Genetics

Portrait of Claude Levy-Strauss
1967

Claude
Levy-Strauss
Ethnologie

1966

Paul Pascal
Chemistry

Portrait of Louis Neel
1965

Louis Neel
Physics | Nobel Prize in physics 1970

Portrait of Alfred Kastler
1964

Alfred Kastler
Physics | Nobel Prize in physics 1966

Portrait of Robert Courrier
1963

Robert Courrier
Biology

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1962

Marcel Delepine
Chemistry

1961

Pol Bouin
Physiology

1960

Raoul Blanchard
Geography

1959

Andre Danjon
Astrophysics

1958

Gaston Ramon
Immunology

1957

Gaston Dupouy
Physics

1956

Jacques Hadamard
Mathematics

Portrait of Louis de Broglie
1955

Louis de Broglie
Physics | Nobel Prize in physics 1929

1954

Emile Borel
Mathematics