He was the son of the eminent medical philosopher, Eugene Minkowski and the psychiatrist, Françoise Minkowska. They were Polish Jewish doctors who became naturalised French citizens after World War I and settled in France. They kept up their links with their ancestral Poland.
His son is the orchestral conductor Marc Minkowski.
- Perinatal Profiles: Alexandre Minkowski, founder of "Biology of the Neonate"
- Alexandre Minkowski est mort - Article de J.-Y. Nau
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