F.M. Devienne

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Not to be confused with François Devienne.

Fernand Marcel Devienne (20 February 1913 (Marseille)–19 April 2003 (Cannes))[1] was a French physicist who developed research on molecular beams and spectrum analysis in rarefied gas environment.[2]


A Doctor of physics, F. Marcel Devienne was director of a research laboratory near Nice. He also presided yearly symposiums on molecular beams. He was one of the first to study the energy properties of triatomic hydrogen molecules[3] and triatomic deuterium.[4][5] His researches also sought to recreate interstellar-like conditions to experiment synthesis of biological compounds in such environments.[6]


F.M. Devienne was chevalier of the Legion of Honour, member of the New York Academy of Sciences and laureate of the 1972 Gustave Ribaud Prize of the French Academy of Sciences.[1]


  • F.M. Devienne (ed.) Rarefied Gas Dymamics, Pergamon Press, 1960
  • F.M. Devienne Jets Moléculaires de Hautes Énergies, 1961 (French)



  1. ^ a b Who’s who (French)
  2. ^ Physics Today
  3. ^ Energy citations database abstract of F.M. Devienne's 1969 article
  4. ^ Energy citations database abstract of F.M. Devienne's 1967 article
  5. ^ SciTech Connect page about F.M. Devienne.
  6. ^ F.-M. Devienne et al., ″Synthesis of biological compounds in quasi-interstellar conditions″, French Academy of Sciences Bulletin, IIC/1 (Year 1998) p. 435-439.

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