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French Academy of Sciences

Catherine Bréchignac, member and since January 2011 “Secrétaire perpétuel” of the French Academy of Sciences, is Ambassador at large for Science, Technology, and Innovation since January 2010. She served as Director general (1997-2000) and President of the CNRS (2006-2010), and President of ICSU (2008-2011).

Catherine Bréchignac is a physicist. Pioneer in the development of clusters physics, nanometric-sized structures at intermediate scales between the atomic phase and condensed matter, she has particularly focused on the evolution of the physicochemical properties of clusters in relation to their size.

- Doctor Honoris Causa of the “Freie Universität Berlin” in 2003;
- Doctor Honoris Causaof “Georgia Tech Institute” (USA) in 2006;
- Doctor Honoris Causaof “Ecole Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne –EPFL” (Suisse) in 2007;
- Académie des Sciences Prize in 1991;
- the CNRS Silver Medal in 1994;
- James Frank lecturer, Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities in 2001;
- Holweck Medal and Prize from British and French Physical Societies (UK) in 2003.

She is currently Commander of the Légion d’honneur, Commander of the Ordre national du mérite, and Officier des Arts et Lettres.