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Alfred Kastler was a French physicist, and Nobel Prize laureate.


Professor Kastler spent most of his research career at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris where he started after the war with his student, Jean Brossel a small research group on spectroscopy.

Over the forty years that followed, this group has trained many of young physicists and had a significant impact on the development of the science of atomic physics in France. The Laboratoire de Spectroscopie hertzienne has then been renamed Laboratoire Kastler-Brossel in 1994 and has got a part of its laboratory in Université Pierre et Marie Curie mainly at the École Normale Supérieure.


  • He was elected to the French Academy of Sciences (1964) and an honorary member of scientific societies in Poland, Germany, Hungary and Belgium. In 1952 he became a Knight, Kastler, and in 1977, Commander of the Legion of Honor. Kastler was an honorary doctorate by the University of Louvain, Pisa and Oxford.


He spoke in support of Israel, was a staunch opponent of nuclear weapons, sharply criticized the U.S. role in the Vietnam War.


  • Other Interests

    the science of atomic physics


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