Jean Coulomb

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Jean Coulomb (7 November 1904 – 26 February 1999) was a French geophysicist and mathematician, and one of the early members of the Bourbaki group of mathematicians.[1]


From April 1935 to 1937, he was a member of the Bourbaki group of mathematicians.[2]

He was a professor in the Faculty of Sciences of Paris from 1941 to 1972, and director of the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris from 1941 to 1959.

He was director-general of CNRS, the French National Centre for Scientific Research from 1957 to 1962, president of CNES from 1962 to 1967, and president of the Bureau des Longitudes from 1967 to 1969.

Coulomb was the President of the Société astronomique de France (SAF), the French astronomical society, from 1958-1960.[3]

From 1967 to 1971 he was also president of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, and from 1972 to 1974 of the International Council for Science.

In 1960 he was elected to the French Academy of Sciences, and was its president from 1976 to 1977.[4]

His work was in the fields of seismology (theory of surface waves), geomagnetism, and meteorology (atmospheric electricity and the physics of clouds).

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  1. ^ Germain, Paul. "Biography of Jean Coulomb" (in French). COFRHIGEO. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Beaulieu, Liliane. "Bourbaki à Nancy" (PDF) (in French). Institut Élie Cartan. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  3. ^ List of presidents of the Société astronomique de France
  4. ^ Jean Coulomb 1904–1999