A French Twist in Pasadena

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Science  02 Jun 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5778, pp. 1291c
DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5778.1291c

A French-born civil engineer is the new president of the California Institute of Technology. Jean-Lou Chameau, 53, has helped transform the Georgia Institute of Technology into a powerhouse of engineering research as provost and vice president of academic affairs. This fall, he will succeed Nobelist David Baltimore, who is stepping down after 9 years.


At Georgia Tech, Chameau led a sizable expansion of its research portfolio, forged closer links with industry, and helped establish a satellite presence in France, Ireland, and Singapore. “He is an excellent businessman in the scientific arena,” says Georgia Tech physicist Uzi Landman. That makes Chameau “well-suited to the challenges and opportunities of the Caltech presidency,” says Baltimore.

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