Pierre Joliot Curie

Honorary Member

Social Sciences: Doctor of Science

Join Date: 25 October 2021

Entrance speech: Une certaine vision de la Recherche

Reply: Dr. José Ramón Calvo Fernández, Doctor of Medicine and Surgery

Pierre Joliot-Curie studied at the Faculty of Sciences in Paris: Bachelor of Science (1956), Doctorate of Science (1960) and is Honorary Professor at the Collège de France.


  • Researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) (1954-1981)
  • CNRS Research Director (1974)
  • Professor at the Collège de France, Chair of Cellular Bioenergetics (1981-2002)
  • Director of the Photosynthesis Department of the Institute of Physical-Chemical Biology (1968-1997)
  • Advisor in charge of research and technology issues in the office of Prime Minister Laurent Fabius (July 1985-March 1986)
  • President of the Scientific Research Committee on the Death of Forests (1986)
  • Director of the Department of Biology at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris (1987-1992)
  • Member of the National Research Evaluation Committee (1989-1992)
  • President of the Scientific Council of the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (1993-1997)
  • The Administrator of the Institute of Physical-Chemical Biology (1994-1996)
  • Director of IFR 550 CNRS (1997-2000)
  • President of the Committee of Ethics of Sciences of the CNRS – COMETS – (1998-2001)
  • President of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation for the Development of Scientific Research (2003-2007)

Awards and distinctions:

  • Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor (2012)
  • Commander of the National Order of Merit (1994)
  • Pollicard-Lacassagne Award (1968)
  • Charles F. Kettering Award (1970)
  • Atomic Energy Commission Award (1980)
  • CNRS Gold Medal (1982)
  • Member of the Institute (Academy of Sciences) (1982)
  • Associate Member of the US National Academy of Sciences (1979)
  • Member of the European Academy (1989)
  • Member of the European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters (1993)
  • Member of the National Advisory Committee on Ethics of Life and Health Sciences (2008-2009)