Pierre Gallois

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Person.png Pierre Gallois  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Turin, Italy
Died2010-08-24 (Age 99)
Paris, France
Children • François Gallois
• Richard Gallois
• Phillip Gallois
SpouseFrançoise Marie Gallois
Member ofLe Cercle

Pierre Gallois was a French air force brigadier general and geopolitician.


Gallois was instrumental in the constitution of the French nuclear arsenal. This earned him the nickname of father of the French atom bomb. However, Bruno Tertrais, a research fellow at the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, argued in "Destruction Assurée : The Origins and Development of French Nuclear Strategy, 1945-1981," an essay in Henry Sokolski, ed., Getting Mad: Nuclear mutual assured destruction, its origins and practice, that other contemporaries of Gallois in the community of French defense intellectuals deserve a greater share of the responsibility. After the war, Gallois was detached to civil aviation and took part in conferences of the International Civil Aviation Organization.

Le Cercle

Brian Crozier wrote in his autobiography that he "interpreted for him [Pierre Galois] at Pinay Cercle meetings. Jean Violet gave him a 'genius' rating."[1]


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/1957 October4 October 19576 October 1957Italy
The 6th Bilderberg meeting, the latest ever in the year and the first one in Italy.
Bilderberg/196329 March 196331 March 1963France
Hotel Martinez
Bilderberg/196420 March 196422 March 1964US