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École Polytechnique

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION

Founded 1794 by Lazare Carnot as the École Centrale des Travaux Publics.

Location:
Paris, France

Founding Date:
1794

Official Website:
http://www.polytechnique.fr/

STUDENTS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Maurice Allais
Economist
31-May-1911 9-Oct-2010 Monopoly pricing and the Allais effect
François Arago
Physicist
26-Feb-1786 2-Oct-1853 Investigated earth magnetics
Bernard Arnault
Business
5-Mar-1949   World's 17th richest man, 2005
Claude Bébéar
Business
29-Jul-1935   CEO of AXA, 1985-2000
Henri Becquerel
Physicist
15-Dec-1852 25-Aug-1908 Discoverer of radioactivity
Sadi Carnot
Physicist
1-Jun-1796 24-Aug-1832 2nd Law of Thermodynamics
Augustin-Louis Cauchy
Mathematician
21-Aug-1789 23-May-1857 Infinitesimals, theory of substitution groups
André Citroën
Engineer
5-Feb-1878 3-Jul-1935 Europe's Henry Ford
Bertrand P. Collomb
Business
c. 1943   CEO of Lafarge SA, 1987-2003
Auguste Comte
Sociologist
19-Jan-1798 5-Sep-1857 Positivist founder of Sociology
Gustave-Gaspard Coriolis
Mathematician
21-May-1792 19-Sep-1843 Coriolis force
Alfred Cornu
Physicist
6-Mar-1841 11-Apr-1902 Optics and spectroscopy
Henri Alexandre Deslandres
Astronomer
24-Jul-1853 15-Jan-1948 Spectroheliograph
Alfred Dreyfus
Victim
9-Oct-1859 12-Jul-1935 Dreyfus Affair scapegoat
Ferdinand Foch
Military
2-Oct-1851 20-Mar-1929 Allied Supreme Commander WWI
Noël Forgeard
Business
8-Dec-1946   CEO of Airbus, 2004-06
Augustin-Jean Fresnel
Physicist
10-May-1788 14-Jul-1827 Optician, invented Fresnel lens
Joseph-Louis Gay-Lussac
Chemist
6-Dec-1778 9-May-1850 Researched gases, etc.
Carlos Ghosn
Business
9-Mar-1954   CEO of Nissan and Renault
Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
Head of State
2-Feb-1926   President of France, 1974-81
Bernard L. M. Kasriel
Business
1946   CEO of Lafarge, 2003-06
Luis Leloir
Chemist
6-Sep-1906 2-Dec-1987 Conversion of carbohydrates
Benoit Mandelbrot
Mathematician
20-Nov-1924 14-Oct-2010 Fractal mathematician
Jean-Marie Messier
Business
13-Dec-1956   CEO of Vivendi, 1996-2000
André Michelin
Business
16-Jan-1853 4-Apr-1931 Founder of Michelin Group
Henri Poincaré
Mathematician
29-Apr-1854 17-Jul-1912 Poincaré Conjecture
Siméon-Denis Poisson
Mathematician
21-Jun-1781 25-Apr-1840 Poisson distribution
Henri-Victor Regnault
Chemist
21-Jul-1810 19-Jan-1878 Properties of gases
Charles-Bernard Renouvier
Philosopher
1-Jan-1815 1-Sep-1903 Neocritical idealist
Pierre Schaeffer
Electronic Musician
14-Aug-1910 19-Aug-1995 Inventor of musique concrète
Robert B. Silvers
Editor
31-Dec-1929   The New York Review of Books
Georges Sorel
Philosopher
2-Nov-1847 29-Aug-1922 Reflections on Violence

TEACHERS AND PROFESSORS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
André-Marie Ampère
Physicist
22-Jan-1775 10-Jun-1836 Explored electromagnetism
Henri Becquerel
Physicist
15-Dec-1852 25-Aug-1908 Discoverer of radioactivity
Augustin-Louis Cauchy
Mathematician
21-Aug-1789 23-May-1857 Infinitesimals, theory of substitution groups
Gustave-Gaspard Coriolis
Mathematician
21-May-1792 19-Sep-1843 Coriolis force
Jean-Baptiste-André Dumas
Chemist
14-Jul-1800 10-Apr-1884 Pioneer of organic chemistry
Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier
Mathematician
21-Mar-1768 16-May-1830 Fourier series
Edmond Frémy
Chemist
28-Feb-1814 3-Feb-1894 Discovered hydrogen fluoride
Joseph-Louis Gay-Lussac
Chemist
6-Dec-1778 9-May-1850 Researched gases, etc.
Jacques-Salomon Hadamard
Mathematician
8-Dec-1865 17-Oct-1963 Prime number theorem
Joseph-Louis Lagrange
Mathematician
25-Jan-1736 10-Apr-1813 Mécanique Analytique
Bernard Lyot
Astronomer
27-Feb-1897 2-Apr-1952 Sandstorms on Mars
Keith Moffatt
Mathematician
12-Apr-1935   Fluid dynamics
Siméon-Denis Poisson
Mathematician
21-Jun-1781 25-Apr-1840 Poisson distribution
Henri-Victor Regnault
Chemist
21-Jul-1810 19-Jan-1878 Properties of gases
Charles François Sturm
Mathematician
29-Sep-1803 18-Dec-1855 Sturm's Theorem
Louis-Jacques Thénard
Chemist
4-May-1777 21-Jun-1857 Traité de Chimie élémentaire
Nicolas-Louis Vauquelin
Chemist
16-May-1763 14-Nov-1829 Discovered beryllium and chromium


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