Kalinga Prize laureate

2004

France
Jean Audouze

In recognition of his long career and role in the promotion of science, notably for his work in science museums

Born in France, Jean Audouze received his doctorate in Physics and Astrophysics at the University of Paris. Throughout his career he has held various positions in the realm of science, from researcher, to teacher, to political advisor, to museum director. Currently, he is Director of Research at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) (National Centre for Research) where from 1989 to 1993, he was the Director of the Institute d’Astrophysiques de Paris (one of the most prestigious research laboratories in astrophysics in France). He also teaches at l'Institut d'études politiques de Paris (IEP de Paris), is President of the French National Commission for UNESCO and represents France on the Committee on Space Research. He was previously the Scientific Advisor, responsible for science, technology, environment and spatial affairs for President François Mitterrand. Jean Audouze is the founder of the Agence de l'environnement et de la maîtrise de l'énergie which participates in the development of public policy concerning the preservation of the environment and sustainable development.

In the field of the popularization of science, from 1993 to 1996 Audouze was the first President of the Etablissement Public du Parc et de la Grande Halle de la Villette, the largest urban cultural park in Paris. Additionally from 1998 to 2004, he was Director of the Palais de la Découverte, a science museum which contains permanent exhibitions on mathematics, physics, astronomy, chemistry, geology, and biology, and lectures featuring interactive experiments that features commentaries by well-known lecturers. Since March 2004, he has chaired the scientific committee of the Salon de la Recherche et de l’Innovation, and in 2006 he participated in the organization of the exposition L’Âge d’or de la Science arab (The Golden Age of Arab Science) at the Institute du monde arab in Paris which exhibited important science and scientific inventions and tools from the golden age of the Islamic civilization. Jean Audouze has also authored over 200 publications on nuclear astrophysics notably on the subject of the application of nuclear physics and particle physics to astrophysics.

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