François Jacob (1920-2013)

The scientific media library of the Institut Pasteur is paying tribute to a towering Pasteurian figure, François Jacob, who passed away on April 19.

« Starting to work in André Lwoff's laboratory at the Pasteur Institute , I found myself in an unfamiliar universe of limitless imagination and endless criticism. The game was that of continually inventing a possible world, or a piece of a possible world, and then of comparing it with the real world » .
(In "The statue winthin", trad. by F. Philip, Ed. Hyman, 1988, p. 8)

You can find information about François Jacob in the following list:

Selective bibliography of books by François Jacob and interviews (on DVDs), available for consultation at the Scientific media library
puce His archives are held at the Archives Department of the Institut Pasteur
puce Different portraits of François Jacob are available in the image bank of the Institut Pasteur.
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puce His personal working library composed of over 700 works is kept at the Collège de France and is indicated by call number "JAC" in the RUBENS catalog of the Archives center for philosophy, history, and science publishing (CAPHES)
puce You can read his biography on the web sites of the Nobel Prize and the French Academy
puce blanche Here is the text of François Jacob’s first article on lysogeny. It was published in Comptes rendus de l’Académie des sciences, 1950, vol. 231, p. 1585-1587.

April 23, 2013