Sauvage was born in Paris in 1944 and obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Louis Pasteur under the supervision of J.-M. Lehn. During his PhD work, he contributed to the first syntheses of the cryptand ligands. After postdoctoral research with M. L. H. Green, he returned to Strasbourg, where he is now emeritus professor.
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