Joseph-Achille Le Bel Prize 2017

Joseph-Achille Le Bel Prize 2017

Author: ChemViews Magazine

The Joseph-Achille Le Bel Prize 2017, one of the most important awards of the Société Chimique de France (SCF, French Chemical Society), has been awarded to Philippe Walter, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris. The prize recognizes French chemists whose work is acclaimed on an international level and was presented during a ceremony on May 25, 2018, in Dijon, France.

Philippe Walter is honored for his contributions to the development of methods to analyze and characterize archeological objects and works of art. His research focuses on non-destructive analysis methods and those with very small sample sizes using X-ray and optical spectroscopy methods.

Philippe Walter studied physics at l’Ecole Normale Supérieure de Saint-Cloud-Lyon and l’Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, both France, and received his Ph.D. from l’Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse III, France, in 1993. He completed his habilitation in chemistry at l’Université Paris 6 in 2003. Since 2012, Walter is Director of the Laboratoire d’archéologie moléculaire et structurale (Molecular and Structural Archeology Laboratory) at Université Pierre et Marie Curie.

Among other honors, Walter has received the Prize of the Physical Chemistry Division of the SCF in 1994, the CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) Silver Medal in 2008, and the Franklin-Lavoisier Prize from the Science History Institute in 2010.


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