Hubert Curien

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Hubert Curien (born October 30, 1924 in Cornimont , † February 6, 2005 in Loury near Paris ) was French research minister and physicist .

From 1969 to 1973 he was director general of the CNRS national research center .

From 1976 to 1984 Curien was President of the National Center for Space Research ( CNES ) and was responsible for French space policy. He pushed the development of the Ariane rocket series , which is why he is also known as the father of the Ariane .

He was appointed Research Minister from 1984 to 1986 and from 1988 to 1993. He was also President of Forum Engelberg , an important international conference platform for cooperation between business, science and politics.

Curien was President of the Council of CERN in the crucial years 1994–1996, when the Large Hadron Collider project was approved . On November 8, 1993 he became a member of the Académie des Sciences .

Hubert Curien died at the age of 80 in his home in Loury, south of Paris.


  • The mineral curienite , newly discovered in 1968, was named after him.
  • In his honor, as one of the founding fathers of European space travel, the landing site of the Huygens probe, which was set down on Saturn's moon Titan, was named Hubert Curien Memorial Site on March 14, 2007 .

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Hubert Curien, architect of science in Europe . tape 8 . CERN Bulletin, February 21, 2005 (English, [accessed July 29, 2019]).
  2. ^ List of members since 1666: Letter C. Académie des sciences, accessed on November 3, 2019 (French).