Brossel, Jean

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Brossel, Jean Gender: M
Jean Marie Brossel
born on 15 August 1918 at 14:00 (= 2:00 PM )
Place Périgueux, France, 45n11, 0e43
Timezone GDT h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 21°53' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 28°17 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 21°53'


French physicist known for his work on quantum optics.

In 1955 he became a professor at the Faculté des Sciences in Paris (and later a professor at the University of Pierre and Marie Curie (Universitie Paris VI)). From 1973 to 1985 he was Director of the Physics Faculty of ENS. In 1985 he retired and went to the University of Paris.

Brossel is known for his work on optical pumping with Alfred Kastler, with whom he founded in 1951 the spectroscopic laboratory at ENS (Laboratoire de Spectroscopie Hertzienne), which now is called the Laboratoire Kastler-Brossel. Brossel was the co-director and then in 1972 after Kastler's resignation the director.

In 1960 Brossel won the Holweck Prize and in 1977 he was elected a member of l'Académie des sciences, whose Prix Ampère he received in 1974. In 1984 he received the gold medal of CNRS.

He died in Périgueux on 4 February 2003.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Work : Prize 1974 (Prix Ampère)
  • Work : Prize 1977 (Holweck Prize)

Source Notes

Didier Geslain archive, 'sciences' pdf file, p. 15.


  • Vocation : Science : Physics (Quantum optics)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Holweck Prize, Prix Ampère)