The Rolex Awards for Enterprise
Joël de Rosnay is a French scientist, businessman and communicator whose work is bringing science to the people.
Born in Curepipe, Mauritius, de Rosnay studied at the University of Paris and worked as a research assistant at the Pasteur Institute in the French capital before obtaining his doctor of science degree in 1966. He went on to receive a diploma in industrial dynamics from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston.
While in the United States, he also held the post of research associate in the Education Research Center and Molecular Biology Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked as scientific attaché with the French Embassy in the U.S. During this time, he was also an editor of the magazine, La Recherche.
On his return to Paris in 1970, he became scientific director of the Société Européenne pour le Développement des Entreprises (a venture capital company) and later director of research applications at the Pasteur Institute. He is currently employed as director of development and international relations of the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie de La Villette — a science and industry museum in Paris.
De Rosnay is particularly interested in high technology and in applications of systems theory. A science correspondent for the Europe 1 radio channel, he is the author of a number of scientific publications intended for the public at large, including Branchez-vous which was awarded the Grand Prix de la Littérature Micro-informatique Grand Public in 1985. He also received the 1990 Prix de l’Information Scientifique awarded by the French Academy of Sciences.
Published in 1993