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Catherine Bréchignac

physicist , science association director

Catherine Bréchignac, French physicist, science association director. Recipient Silver medal, National Center for Science Research, 1994, Holweck prize, 2003. Member of International Union Pure and Applied Physics, European Physical Society (board member 1989-1994), French Academy Technology, French Academy of Sciences (prize 1991).

Background

Bréchignac, Catherine was born on June 12, 1946 in Paris. Daughter of Jean and Andree Teillac.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, Ecole Normale Superieure, Fontenay-aux-Roses, 1977. Doctor (honorary), Georgia Institute of Technology, 2006. Degree (honorary), University Berlin.

Career

Supervisor National Center for Science Research, France, 1978—1985, director, Laboratoire Aimé Cotton, 1989—1995, science director, department physics and mathematics, 1995—1997, director general, 1997—2000, president, since 2006. Associate researcher Institut d'Astrophysique d'Ottawa, 1979—1980. Visiting professor Ecole Polytechnique Féderale de Lausanne, since 1987.

Member science board National Center for Science Research, 1995—2000. Adjunct professor physics Georgia Institute of Technology, since 2001, distinguished visiting scholar chair, since 2001. Chair Institut d'Optique, 2002.

Board chair Palais de la Découverte, since 2004. President-elect International Council for Science, 2007—2008, president, since 2008.

Works

  • Contributor chapters to books, scientific papers to professional journals.

Membership

Member of International Union Pure and Applied Physics, European Physical Society (board member 1989-1994), French Academy Technology, French Academy of Sciences (prize 1991).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Opera, painting, reading.

Connections

Married Philippe Bréchignac, 1969. 3 children.

father:
Jean Teillac

mother:
Andree Teillac

spouse:
Philippe Bréchignac