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François Gros (born 24 April 1925 in Paris) is a French biologist and one of the pioneers of cellular biochemistry in France. His scientific career concerned genes and their role in regulating cellular functions.[1]

François Gros
Born (1925-04-24) April 24, 1925 (age 94)
AwardsPius XI Medal (1964)
Grand Prix Charles-Leopold Mayer (1968)
Order of the Polar Star (1980)
Gay-Lussac Humboldt Prize (1988)
Order of the Rising Sun (1997)
Nehru Medal (1999)
Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour (2012)
Grand Cross of the National Order of Merit (2017)
Scientific career
InstitutionsPasteur Institute

Honorary professor at the Collège de France, member of the Institute of France, he was also director of the Pasteur Institute (1976-1982)[2] and advisor to Prime Ministers Pierre Mauroy and Laurent Fabius (1981-1985).[3]

Elected correspondent (1977) then member (1979) of the French Academy of Sciences, he was permanent secretary from 1991 to 2000.[1]


  1. ^ a b "François Gros - Membre de l'Académie des sciences" [François Gros - Member of the French Academy of Sciences] (PDF). French Academy of Sciences (in French). Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Biographie" [Biography]. College de France (in French). Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Entretien avec Pierre Papon" [Interview with Pierre Papon]. History of the CNRS (in French). 9 May 1988. Retrieved 19 October 2018.