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On March 10, 2015, Tidjane Thiam was appointed CEO of Credit Suisse group. This alumni has had an exceptional international career. Jean-Louis Basdevant, who was his professor at École Polytechnique, remembers him as a student.
The Austrian mathematician Martin Hairer, Fields Medal laureate in 2014, will give a series of seven exceptional conferences from March 16 to April 9, 2015, at École Polytechnique. Organised by the Jacques Hadamard Foundation, his lectures will be on "regularity structures."
École Polytechnique Applied Optics Lab received a new grant from the European Research Council. The team, led by Victor Malka, was distinguished for its work on the development of innovative technologies for cancer detection at an early stage.
An international study, involving French climate scientists, shows that the CO2 contribution to climate disturbance from human activities is increasing, leading in 2030 to a 50% uncertainty in climate sensitivity to these disturbances. It is published online by Nature Geoscience, February 23, 2015.
Jean-François Soussana, the Scientific Director for Environment at INRA, will come on Wednesday, February 11, at École Polytechnique to speak about the conclusions of the 5th IPCC report. This presentation is part of the conference cycle on energy and environment organised to prepare the COP21.
Charles Hard Townes, laser pioneer and Nobel Prize winner, died at 99 years old on January 27, 2015 in Berkeley, California. The physicist met students and researchers from École Polytechnique in 2010 when he came on the campus to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the laser.