Cohen-Tannoudji, Claude

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Cohen-Tannoudji, Claude Gender: M
Claude Nessim Cohen-Tannoudji
born on 1 April 1933 at 14:00 (= 2:00 PM )
Place Constantine, Algeria, 36n22, 6e37
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Petitallot
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Claude Cohen-Tannoudji
photo: Amir Bernat, license gfdl


French nuclear physicist and educator. He was a member of the French Academy of Sciences, a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and former student of Alfred Kastler (Nobel Prize in physics) and Jean Brossel, who supervised his doctoral dissertation. His entire scientific career was spent at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, working in the laboratory which now bears the name of these two scientists.

After passing the physics aggregation in 1957, Cohen entered the CNRS in 1960. From 1962 on, he trained numerous French and foreign researchers, supervising doctoral dissertations and teaching graduate courses at the University of Paris VI. In 1973, he became professor and chairman of the nuclear and molecular physics department of the Collège de France. He teaches courses on different subjects each year.

With Bernard Diu and Franck Laloë, Cohen published a two-volume opus on quantum mechanics, which has been translated into German and English and serves as reference to students and researchers worldwide. He has also written two books with two former students, Jacques Dupont-Roc and Gilbert Grynberg, on quantic electrodynamics and on matter-radiation interactions. Both works have been translated into English.

On 10/15/1997, he shared the Nobel Prize for Physics with Steven Chu and William D. Phillips. They received the award for their development of techniques that use laser light to cool atoms to extremely low temperatures.

Cohen-Tannoudji married Jacqueline Veyrat on 11/24/1958; three children.

(CNRS = French National Center for Scientific Research.)

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Social : End a program of study 1957 (Physics agregation)
  • Relationship : Marriage 24 November 1958 (Jacqueline Veyrat)
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  • Work : New Career 1960 (CNRS)
  • Work : New Career 1973 (Professor of nuclear and molecular physics)
  • Work : Prize 15 October 1997 (Shared the Nobel Prize for Physics)
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Source Notes

Petitallot quotes B.C., Cadran No. 45, October 1997


  • Traits : Mind : Exceptional mind (Physicis)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Nuclear physics)
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Abstract thought
  • Notable : Awards : Nobel prize (Physics)
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Techniques with laser light)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession