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Pierre-Gilles de Gennes
Born(1932-10-24)24 October 1932
Paris, France
Died18 May 2007(2007-05-18) (aged 74)
Orsay, France
Alma materÉcole Normale Supérieure
Paris-Saclay University
Known forSoft matter
Polymer physics
Liquid crystalline elastomer
Notable awards
This person won a Nobel Prize
Pierre-Gilles de Gennes (French: [ʒɛn]; 24 October 1932 – 18 May 2007) was a French physicist. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1991.[1][2][3]

In 1971, he became professor at the Collège de France, and participated in STRASACOL (a joint action of Strasbourg, Saclay and Collège de France) on polymer physics.

His works focused on granular materials and the memory of the brain.


  1. Joanny, Jean-François; Pincus, Philip A. (August 2007). "Obituary: Pierre-Gilles de Gennes". Physics Today 60 (8): 71–72. doi:10.1063/1.2774111 . 
  2. An Obituary of Gennes in the
  3. Ajdari, Armand (July 2007). "Physics. Pierre-Gilles de Gennes (1932-2007)". Science 317 (5837): 466. doi:10.1126/science.1146688 . PMID 17656713 .