| Louis Leprince-Ringuet |
(physicist, engineer, historian)
|Born||27 March 1901|
|Died||23 December 2000 (Age 99)|
|Alma mater||, École supérieure d'électricité, École polytechnique, Télécom Paris|
French nuclear physicist and European Movement leader
When he attended the 1974 Bilderberg meeting, he was newly appointed president of the French section of the European Movement.
Leprince-Ringuet advocated strongly for the creation of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and remained its indefatigable supporter. He was vice chair (1956–69) and chair (1964–66) of CERN’s scientific policy committee.
From 1929, Louis Leprince-Ringuet worked with Maurice de Broglie in the X-ray physics laboratory. It was thanks to the latter - whom he would later qualify as a “spiritual father” - that he began to work on what would become his specialty, nuclear physics. He soon creates his own nuclear physics laboratory.
From 1951 to 1971 he was commissioner of atomic energy. His nuclear expertise would place him straight in the middle of the secret French-Israeli program to develop nuclear weapons.
He obtained numerous titles of recognition by his peers such as several prizes from the Academy of Sciences and the French Society of Physics ( Félix-Robin Prize 1942). He defined himself as an experimental physicist and attaches great importance to experimentation.
A practicing Catholic, he reflected a lot on the relationship between science and religion. From 1949, he was president of the Catholic Union of French Scientists. In 1961 he became a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
Louis Leprince-Ringuet was elected member of the Académie française in 1966.
His commitment to Europe led him to be president of the French Organization of the European Movement from 1974 to 1990.
Event Participated in
|Bilderberg/1974||19 April 1974||21 April 1974||France|
Hotel Mont d' Arbois
|The 23rd Bilderberg, held in the UK|