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Michel Serres

Professor of French, Emeritus

On June 1, 2019, Michel Serres passed away from lung cancer at a hospital in France at the age of 88. For more information, please visit the Stanford News article written by Alex Shashkevich on June 19, 2019.

Professor Michel Serres was born in 1930 in Agen, France. In 1949, he went to naval college and subsequently, in 1952, to the Ecole Normale Supérieure (rue d'Ulm). In 1955, he obtained an agrégation in philosophy, and from 1956 to 1958 he served on a variety of ships as a marine officer for the French national maritime service. His vocation of voyaging is therefore of more than academic import. In 1968, Serres gained a doctorate for a thesis on Leibniz's philosophy. During the 1960s he taught with Michel Foucault at the Universities of Clermont-Ferrand and Vincennes and was later appointed to a chair in the history of science at the Sorbonne, where he still teaches. Serres was a full professor at Stanford University as of 1984, and he was elected to the French Academy in 1990. Through his explorations of the parallel developments of scientific, philosophical, and literary trends, Michel Serres built a reputation as one of modern France's most gifted and original thinkers.



1968: Docteur ès Lettres
1955: Degree on l'Agrégation de Philosophie
Rang: 2ème
1955: CAPES de Philosophie
Rang: 1er
1953: Licencié de Philosophie
1952: Licencié de Lettres
1950: Licencié de Mathématiques
1950: Ecole Normale Supérieure de la rue d'Ulm à Paris
1949: Ecole Navale