Jean Audouze

Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris
98 bis boulevard Arago
75014 Paris

Office 115, 1st floor
Phone: +33 (0)1 44 32 80 65
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 32 80 01

 Curriculum Vitae

  • 1961-1965 École Normale Supérieure
  • 1964 Docteur de 3ème cycle in Astrophysics (University of Paris)
  • 1970 Doctor in Physics (University of Paris)
  • 1971-1973 Research fellow at Caltech (Pasedena, États-Unis)
  • 1974-1989 Maître de Conférences in Physics at the École Polytechnique, lecturer in Astrophysics
  • 1975-1980 Maître de Recherche au CNRS
  • 1978-1989 Director of IAP (Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris)
  • 1980-1989 Member of the Board of the CFHT (Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope) Corporation and President of the Board from 1986 to 1987
  • 1981-1994 Directeur de Recherche at CNRS (1ère classe)
  • 1985-1987 Chairman of the Space Telescope Advisory Team of ESA
  • 1985-1988 Chairman of the commission "Cosmology" of the International Astronomical Union
  • 1986-1987 Chairman of the Société Française des Spécialistes Français en Astronomie (French Society of the French Specialists in Astronomy)
  • 1988-1994 Chairman of the Fachbeirat (evaluation commitee) of the Max Planck Institute für Astrophysik of Garching (Germany)
  • 1989-1993 Technical Adviser of President of the French Republic, Mr François Mitterrand, charged of Research, Technology, Space and Environment
  • 1989-1993 Chairman of the Jules Verne Agency (devoted to the promotion of scientific broadcasts on television)
  • 1990-1994 Chairman of the Comité d'Évaluation Scientifique du Centre des Études Scientifiques et Techniques d'Aquitaine (CESTA) of the Direction des Applications Militaires of CEA
  • 1990- Maître de conférences at the Institut des Sciences Politiques de Paris (relations between Science and Society)
  • 1991- Member of the Advisory Committee of the Laura Pels Foundation (cultural foundation, New York, USA)
  • 1993-1996 Founder and Chairman of the Etablissement Public du Parc et de la Grande Halle de la Villette
  • 1995- Member of the Scientific Board of the MAIF Fourndation
  • 1995-1999 Directeur de Recherche au CNRS (classe exceptionnelle, 1er échelon)
  • 1996-1998 Researcher at IAP
  • 1996 Charged by Mr Federico Mayor, General Director of UNESCO, to coordonate the activties of the Scientific Group "Ethics of Energies" in order to constitute the Commission Mondiale d'Ethique des Sciences et des Techniques (COMEST - World Commission of Ethics of Science and Technology) at UNESCO, whose report was given in 1997
  • 1996- Member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation ALTRAN and then of the jury of its annual prize rewarding technological innovations projects
  • 1997-1998 Chairman of the French Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 1998-2004 Chairman of the Palais de la Découverte (Paris, France)
  • 1998-2006 Member of the office of Cospar (International Committee on Space Research)
  • 1999-2004 Member of the board of directors of AlphaGaliléo (european Internet press agency)
  • 1999- Reporter of the sub-commission "Energies" of the COMEST
  • 1999- Directeur de Recherche at CNRS (classe exceptionnelle, 2ème échelon)
  • 2000- Vice-President of the French National Commission of UNESCO
  • 2002-2004 Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee of the General Assembly of Cospar
  • 2004-2006 Member of the Haut Conseil de l'Évaluation de l'École
  • 2004- Chairman of the scientific organisation committee of the European Meeting of Research and Innovation
  • 2004- Researcher at IAP
  • 2005 Chairman of scientific committee and scientific organiser of the first European Research and Innovation Exhibition
  • 2005-2006 Scientific Commissar of the exhibition "L'âge d'or des Sciences arabes" (Golden Age of Arabic Science) of the Institut du Monde Arabe (Paris, France)
  • 2006- Member of International Committee in charge to evaluate scientific programs of UNESCO

Research Activities

  • Research Themes
    • Formation of light elements (lithium, beryllium and bore) by interaction between cosmic rays and interstellar medium (our work of 1971 is the most important reference in that domain)
    • The effects of spallation reactions, which could occur at the surface of stars or inside meteorites
    • The explosive nucleosynthesis which takes place inside novi and supernovi
    • Nucleo-cosmo-chronologies deduced from long lived radioisotopes produced by s, p and r nucleosynthetic processes
    • chimical evolution of galaxies (publication in 1976 in collaboration with BM Tinsley: basic reference on this topic)
    • Primordial nucleosynthesis which is predicted by the Big Bang theoris and which allows to describe this cosmological scenarios with significant accuracy
    • Gamma Ray Astronomy (present)

  • Projects and collaborations
    • INTEGRAL (present): Gamma Ray Astronomy and interpretation of gamma spectra

  • Publications

  • Astrophysicist
  • Directeur de Recherche at CNRS de classe exceptionnelle

 Teaching activities

  • Master - Institut des Sciences Politiques (Paris, France): relations between Science and Society


  • 1989 Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
  • 1996 Officier de l'Ordre National du Mérite


  • 2004 Kalinga Prize decreed by UNESCO for his activities in the domain of public diffusion of science

 Scientific documentation

  • Books
    • Le Grand Atlas d'Astronomie (coordonate with G. Israel, Encyclopaedia Universalis, 1983)
    • L'Astrophysique nucléaire (collection Que-Sais-Je ?, Presses Universitaires de France, 1995, 3rd edition)
    • Enquête sur l'Univers (in collaboration with J.P. Chièze, Nathan, 1990)
    • Conversations sur l'Invisible (in collaboration with M. Cassé and J.C. Carrière, Plon, 1996)
    • Regards sur le Visible (in collaboration with J.C. Carrière, Plon, 1996)
    • L'Univers (collection Que-Sais-Je ?, Presses Universitaires de France, 1997, 2nd edition 2000)
    • L'homme dans ses Univers (coordonnate with M. Cazenave, editions Albin-Michel, 2000)
    • Moi, Benjamin Franklin (choix des textes et introduction) (Dunod, 2006)

  • Internet documents


10 july 2006