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World-renowned researchers
Nobel and Abel prizes, Fields medals and Turing Award

CNRS's long tradition of excellence is reinforced by its 21 Nobel laureates and 12 Fields Medal award winners. A number of eminent researchers have worked, for at least some part of their career, at one of CNRS's many laboratories.

Nobel prize

Portrait of Jean-Pierre Sauvage
2016

Jean-Pierre Sauvage
Chemistry

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Portrait of Jean Tirole
2014

Jean Tirole
Economic Sciences

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Portrait of Martin Karplus
2013

Martin Karplus
Chemistry

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Portrait of Serge Haroche
2012

Serge Haroche
Physics

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Portrait of Jules Hoffmann
2011

Jules Hoffman
Biology and medicine

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Portrait of Luc Montagnier
2008

Luc Montagnier
Biology and medicine

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Portrait of Albert Fert
2007

Albert Fert
Physics

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Portrait of Yves Chauvin
2005

Yves Chauvin
Chemistry

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Portrait of Claude Cohen-Tannoudji
1997

Claude Cohen-Tannoudji
Physics

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Portrait of Georges Charpak
1992

Georges Charpak
Physics

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Portrait of Pierre-Gille de Gennes
1991

Pierre-Gilles de Gennes
Physics

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Portrait of maurice Allais
1988

Maurice Allais
Economic Sciences

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Portrait of Jean-Marie Lehn
1987

Jean-Marie Lehn
Chemistry

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Portrait of Jean Dausset
1980

Jean Dausset
Biology and medicine

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Portrait of Louis Neel
1970

Louis Neel
Physics

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Portrait of Alfred Kastler
1966

Alfred Kastler
Physics

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Portrait of André Lwoff
1965

André Lwoff
Biology and medicine

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Portrait of Jacques Monod
1965

Jacques Monod
Biology and medicine

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Portrait of François Jacob
1965

François Jacob
Biology and medicine

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Portrait of Frédéric Joliot-Curie
1935

Frédéric
Joliot-Curie
First CNRS director general after WWII Chemistry

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Portrait of Louis de Broglie
1929

Louis de Broglie
Physics

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Portrait of Jean Perrin
1926

Jean Perrin
CNRS founder
Physics

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Fields medals

The Fields Medal recognizes young mathematicians' outstanding contribution to the discipline. Handed out every four years at the International Congress of Mathematicians, this distinction rewards a maximum of four mathematicians aged less than 40 as of the 1st January of the year concerned.

Field Medal laureates who have worked at CNRS in the course of their career include:

Portrait of Artur Avila
2014

Artur Avila

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Portrait of Cédric Villani
2010

Cédric Villani

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Portrait of Ngô Bao Châu
2010

Ngô Bao Châu

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Portrait of Wendelin Werner
2006

Wendelin Werner

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2002

Laurent Lafforgue

Portrait of Pierre-Louis Lions
1994

Pierre-Louis Lions

Portrait of Jean-Christophe Yoccoz
1994

Jean-Christophe Yoccoz

Portrait of Alain Connes
1982

Alain Connes

Portrait of Alexandre Grothendieck
1966

Alexandre Grothendieck

1958

René Thom

Portrait of Jean-Pierre Serre
1954

Jean-Pierre Serre

1950

Laurent Schwartz

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Abel Prize

The international Abel Prize rewards a mathematician's outstanding work and contribution to the numerous fields of mathematics. Launched in 2003, it is awarded each year by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Selection of the laureate is based on the recommendation of the Abel Committee, composed of five mathematicians of international repute.

Portrait of Jean-Pierre Serre

Jean-Pierre Serre

Jean-Pierre Serre was the first Abel prize laureate in 2003.

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Turing Award

The Turing Award, often recognized as the "Nobel Prize of computing" is given annually by the Association for Computing Machinery to "an individual selected for contributions of a technical nature made to the computing community. The contributions should be of lasting and major technical importance to the computer field".

Portrait of Joseph Sifakis

Joseph Sifakis

In 2007, Joseph Sifakis was the first French researcher to have received this award since it was created in 1966.

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