Bernard Meunier#

Bernard Meunier
Membership Number:4095
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:FRANCE

Present and Previous Positions

  • Emeritus Director of Research (“classe exceptionnelle”). Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination du CNRS, Toulouse, France
  • Sept 2012 - Aug 2017 Distinguished Professor, Chemistry Dept, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou, China
  • 2014-2015 Professor at "Collège de France", Paris, Chair of Technological Innovation Liliane Bettencourt
  • February 2006 - January 2011 President-CEO of PALUMED Company, France
  • October 2004 – January 2006 President of the CNRS “Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique”, France
  • Permanent position at the CNRS from January 1973 to January 2006 and again from February 2011, successively as “Attaché, Chargé
  • Maître, Directeur and Directeur classe exceptionnelle”, Toulouse, France
  • 1993 - 2006 Associate-Professor at the Chemistry Department of “École Polytechnique”, Palaiseau, France
  • 1970 -1972 Assistant-Professor at the University of Montpellier, France

Fields of Scholarship
  • Catalytic oxidations
  • Mechanism of action of ellipticine, bleomycin and isoniazid
  • Design and development of trioxaquines as anti-schistosomiasis drugs
  • Design and development of hybrid trioxane-containing molecules (trioxaquines®) as antimalarials
  • Design and development of new copper-specific chelating agents as potential therapeutic agents for Alzheimer’s disease
  • Oxidative DNA cleavage (artificial endonucleases)

Honours and Awards
  • National level
    • Silver Medal of the CNRS (1991)
    • Prize of the Coordination Chemistry Division of the French Chemical Society (1994)
    • Prize Clavel-Lespieau of the French Academy of Sciences (1997)
    • Berthelot Medal of the French Academy of Sciences (1997)
    • Member of the French Academy of Sciences (1999).
    • President of the French National Center for Scientific Research, CNRS (2004-2006).
    • Knight in the Order of Legion of Honour (2006)
    • Prize Le Bel of the French Chemical Society (2007)
    • Vice-President of the French Academy of Sciences (2013-2014).
    • Member of the French National Academy of Pharmacy (2013).
    • Officer in the Order of Legion of Honour (2015).
    • Chair for Innovation at the Collège de France (2014-2015)
  • European level
    • Prize Descartes-Huygens of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (2001), The Netherlands
    • Prize A. von Humboldt-Gay Lussac (2002), Germany & France
    • Foreign Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences (2005), Poland
    • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2014), UK

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