Alain Fuchs

Alain Fuchs

President, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

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Dr. Fuchs, a chemistry professor, and specialist in molecular simulations, has been appointed as president of CNRS by the French Council of Ministers on January 20th, 2010. He had previously been director of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris (ENSCP, Chimie ParisTech) since 2006. An elected member of the CDEFI (Conférence des directeurs des écoles françaises d'ingénieurs) since 2007, he has also been on the educational board of INSTN (Institut national des sciences et techniques nucléaires), which is affiliated with the CEA (French Atomic Energy Commission), and of the Comité de coordination des formations en sciences et technologies du nucléaire since 2009. A former member of the scientific board of CECAM Lyon (Centre européen de calcul atomique et moléculaire) from 1999 to 2008, he was also president of the physical chemistry division of the Société française de chimie and the Société française de physique from 2002 to 2005. Dr. Fuchs is a Knight of the French Legion of Honour and Order of Academic Palms.