French Academy of Sciences
The French Academy of Sciences
(Académie des sciences
) is a learned society
, founded in 1666
by Louis XIV
at the suggestion of Jean-Baptiste Colbert
, to encourage and protect the spirit of French scientific research
. It was at the forefront of scientific developments in Europe
in the 17th
Today the Academy is one of five academies comprising the French Institute. Its members are elected for life. Currently there are 150 full members, 300 corresponding members, and 120 foreign associates. They are divided into two scientific groups: the Mathematical and Physical sciences and their applications and the Chemical, Biological, Geological and Medical sciences and their applications.
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