Sébastien Candel

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Sébastien Candel
Born (1946-04-21) 21 April 1946 (age 73)
Alma materÉcole Centrale Paris
California Institute of Technology
Scientific career
ThesisAnalytical studies of some acoustic problems of jet engines (1971)
Doctoral advisorFrank E. Marble

Sébastien Candel (born 21 April 1946) is a French physicist, Emeritus Professor of École Centrale Paris, and the current President of the French Academy of Sciences (2017-2018).


Candel studied plasma physics at the École Centrale Paris, where he graduated with a master's degree in engineering science (Diplôme d'Ingénieur) and DEA (Diplôme d'Études Approfondies) in 1968. He subsequently received his PhD from the California Institute of Technology under the supervision of the famous aeronautical scientist Frank E. Marble and Pierre and Marie Curie University, in 1972 and 1977 respectively.

His areas of expertise include fluid mechanics, combustion, propulsion, acoustics and aeroacoustics, signal processing, and hypersonics.



His academic contributions include:

  • More than 190 peer-reviewed journals
  • Sections for 40 books
  • 200 scientific papers
  • Author of Mécanique des fluides et Problèmes de mécanique des fluides (Dunod)
  • Co-author of Turbulent mixing and Combustion (Kluwer).

Candel was also Vice President of the Combustion Institute from 1996 to 2002, and Associate Editor for Combustion and Flame from 2001 to 2008.



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