The people who made Inria

From Jacques-Louis Lions to Gilles Kahn, Inria owes its existence to personalities who have shaped the history of the institute and left a profound mark on their respective eras.

Portrait André Lichnerowicz © INRIA

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André Lichnerowicz: a reformer and a visionary

The inaugural chairman of IRIA's scientific council, this graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and professor at the Collège de France was quick to understand the limitations of an institute devoted exclusively to issues associated with the Plan Calcul (the French government's plan to develop a new discipline of computer science).

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Robert Galley © INA

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Robert Galley: from nuclear energy to computer science

A close friend of Michel Laudet, the Chairman of IRIA (the Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control), Robert Galley was a member of the Délégation à l'informatique, the French government body responsible for computer science. Invited to join IRIA's scientific council, he was entrusted with the task of guiding the activities of the newly created institute.

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Michel Laude: Doctor and Mathematician

A medical doctor by training, Michel Laudet was, after being spotted by government computer science chief Robert Galley, appointed CEO of IRIA in January 1967.

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Marcel-Paul Schutzenberger

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Marcel-Paul Schützenberger

A mathematician and psychiatrist, he was appointed as a member of IRIA's board of directors in 1970..

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Portrait André Danzin © INRIA

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André Danzin: leading the way in technology transfer

An alumnus of the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique, André Danzin was a major player in the Plan Calcul, among other major French industrial projects. He was appointed Director of IRIA in June 1972 by Maurice Allègre, the government's head of computer science at the time.

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Portrait Jacques-Louis Lions © INRIA

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Jacques-Louis Lions: a champion of computer science research

A graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and an eminent mathematician, professor and administrator, Jacques-Louis Lions believes that it makes no sense to separate pure mathematics from applied mathematics.

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Portrait Alain Bensoussan © INRIA / Photo A.Eidelman

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Alain Bensoussan: international development of the Institute

A graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and the ENSAE (Ecole nationale de statistique et de l’administration économique), Alain Bensoussan was the first researcher recruited by IRIA in 1967, and simultaneously pursued a career in teaching.

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Bernard Larrouturou © INRIA / F. Jannin

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Bernard Larrouturou: a period of expansion

A graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique, Bernard Larrouturou showed a certain non-conformism by joining the bridges corps rather than the mines corps, the traditional destination of graduates of his alma mater (1980).

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Gilles Kahn © INRIA Photo A.Eidelman

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Gilles Kahn: a visionary

The first computer scientist to be elected to the French Academy of Sciences, Gilles Kahn is a talented and visionary researcher with an international reputation.

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Portrait François Baccelli ©-INRIA-Photo-A.Eidelman

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François Baccelli: network wizard

A graduate of the ENST, he submitted a PhD thesis in 1983 on "probabilistic models for distributed systems". He joined Inria in 1987. He led the research group on modelling and simulation of computer systems at the Sophia-Antipolis research centre until 1998. Today, he heads up the TREC project-team.

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