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Status of École Normale Supérieure[edit]

In the section on Fields medals by alumni institution, the page says this: "École Normale Supérieure is a combination of schools (in its anglo-saxon definition) representing the elite of the scientific community in France". First I would like to point out that ENS is in no way a "combination of institutions". Far from being such a "combination", it is in fact itself a constituent college of the collegiate university PSL Research University.

I suppose what was meant by this is that ENS is host to many different laboratories, some of which are organised in collaboration with external institutions such as CNRS and Institut Henri Poincaré. While these many different laboratories that ENS plays host to might be relevant information when considering scientists under the "working institution" heading, it makes no sense at all when considering them as alumni of ENS. Why? Because, in counterpoint to the school as a place of research, the school considered as a place of study is unified and there can be no doubt that it is not under this angle of analysis in any way a "combination of schools". For those unfamiliar with the peculiar workings of France's grande ecole system, I would suggest reading the article about CPGE. All this to say that, of the eleven ENS Fields medalists alumni, ten of them entered the school through a competitive exam that left no doubt that they were entering a specific school (the exception being Grothendieck).

I also hasten to point out that, if what was meant by this sentence was the existence of others ENSes in France (in Lyon, Cachan and Rennes) - and abroad for that matter (the SNS in Pisa being the most notable example) -, these institutions are completely distinct and independent from one another.

I am therefore removing this misleading sentence from the text. Lansonyte (talk) 11:36, 19 July 2017 (UTC)

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