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Jean Rostand (October 30, 1894, Paris - September 4, 1977) was a French biologist and philosopher.

Active as an experimental biologist, Rostand became famous for his work as a science writer, as well as a philosopher and an activist. His scientific work covered a variety of biological fields such as amphibian embryology, parthenogenesis and teratogeny, while his literary output extended into popular science, history of science and philosophy. His work in the area of cryogenics gave the idea of cryonics to Robert Ettinger.[1]

He was the son of playwright Edmond Rostand and poetess Rosemonde GĂ©rard as well as the brother of novelist and playwright Maurice Rostand.

Following the footsteps of his father, Rostand was elected to the prestigious Académie française in 1959.

Rostand was a dynamic activist in several causes, in particular against nuclear proliferation and the death penalty. An agnostic, he demonstrated deep humanist convictions. He wrote several books on the question of eugenism and the responsibilities of mankind regarding its own fate and its place in nature.

He married Andrée Mante in 1920. His son François was born the following year.

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Selected works

  • Le retour des pauvres , 1919 - Return of the poor
  • La loi des riches, 1920 - The law of the rich
  • Pendant qu’on souffre encore, 1921 - While suffering endures
  • Ignace ou l'Écrivain , 1923 - Ignace or the writer
  • Deux angoisses : la mort, l’amour, 1924 - Two anguishes: love and death
  • De la vanitĂ© et de quelques autres sujets , 1925 - Of vanity and several other subjects
  • Les familiotes et autres essais de mystique bourgeoise, 1925 - The familiotes and other essayd of the bourgeois mystique
  • De l’amour des idĂ©es , 1926 - On the love of ideas
  • Le mariage, 1927 - Marriage
  • Valère ou l’ExaspĂ©rĂ© , 1927 - Valère or The exasperated
  • Julien ou Une conscience, 1928 - Julien or A conscience
  • Les chromosomes, artisans de l’hĂ©rĂ©ditĂ© et du sexe, 1929 - Chromosomes, artesans of heredity and sex
  • De la mouche Ă  l’Homme, 1930 - From fly to man
  • L’état prĂ©sent du transformisme, 1931 - The current state of transformism
  • Journal d’un caractère, 1931 - Journal of a character
  • L’Évolution des espèces, 1932 - The evolution of species
  • Les problèmes de l’hĂ©rĂ©ditĂ© et du sexe, 1933 - The problems of heredity and sex
  • L’aventure humaine, 1933 - The human adventure
  • La vie des libellules, 1935 - The life of dragonflies
  • Insectes, 1936 - Insects
  • La nouvelle biologie, 1937 - The new biology
  • Biologie et mĂ©decine, 1938 - Biology and medicine
  • HĂ©rĂ©ditĂ© et racisme, 1938 - Heredity and racism
  • PensĂ©e d’un biologiste, 1938 - Thoughts from a biologist
  • La vie et ses problèmes, 1938 - Life and its problems
  • Science et gĂ©nĂ©ration, 1940 - Science and generation
  • Les idĂ©es nouvelles de la gĂ©nĂ©tique, 1941 - New ideas in genetics
  • L’Homme, introduction Ă  l’étude de la biologie humaine , 1941 - Man, introduction to the study of human biology
  • L’Homme, maĂ®tre de la vie, 1941 - Man, master of life
  • Hommes de vĂ©ritĂ© 1942 - Men of truth
  • L’avenir de la biologie, 1943 - The future of biology
  • La genèse de la vie, histoire des idĂ©es sur la gĂ©nĂ©ration spontanĂ©e , 1943 - Genesis of life, a history of the ideas on spontaneous generation
  • La vie des vers Ă  soie , 1944 - The life of silkworms
  • Esquisse d’une histoire de la biologie , 1945 - Sketch of a history of biology
  • L’avenir de la biologie, 1946 - The future of biology
  • Qu’est-ce qu’un enfant ?, 1946 - What is a child?
  • Charles Darwin , 1947
  • Nouvelles pensĂ©es d’un biologiste, 1947 - New thoughts from a biologist
  • L’hĂ©rĂ©ditĂ© humaine , 1948 - Human heredity
  • Hommes de vĂ©ritĂ© II , 1948 - Men of truth II
  • La biologie et l’avenir humain, 1949 - Biology and the human future
  • L’Homme devant la biologie, 1949 - Man facing biology
  • La parthĂ©nogenèse, reproduction virginale chez les animaux, 1949 - Parthenogenesis, virginal reproduction in animals
  • La parthĂ©nogenèse animale, 1949 - Animal parthenogenesis
  • La gĂ©nĂ©tique des batraciens, 1951 - Batrachian genetics
  • Les grands courants de la biologie , 1951 - Great trends in biology
  • Les origines de la biologie expĂ©rimentale et l’abbĂ© Spallanzani , 1951 - The origins of experimental biology and the abbott Spallanzani
  • L’hĂ©rĂ©ditĂ© humaine, 1952 - Human heredity
  • Pages d’un moraliste , 1952 - Pages by a moralist
  • Ce que nous apprennent les crapauds et les grenouilles, 1953 - What toads and frogs teach us
  • La vie, cette aventure, 1953 - Life, that adventure
  • Ce que je crois, 1953 - What I believe
  • Instruire sur l’Homme, 1953 - To instruct on Man
  • Notes d’un biologiste , 1954 - Notes from a biologist
  • Les crapauds et les grenouilles et quelques grands problèmes biologiques, 1955 - Toads, frogs and a few great problems in biology
  • Le problème biologique de l’individu, 1955 - The biological problem of the individual
  • L’Homme en l’an 2000 , 1956 - Man in the year 2000
  • Peut-on modifier l’Homme ?, 1956 - Can we modify Man?
  • L’atomisme en biologie, 1956- Atomism in biology
  • Bestiaire d’amour, 1958 - A bestiary of love
  • Aux sources de la biologie, 1958 - At the sources of biology
  • Anomalies des amphibiens anoures, 1958 - Anomalies of anurian amphibians
  • Science fausse et fausses sciences, 1958 - Erroneous science and false science
  • Les origines de la biologie expĂ©rimentale , 1959 - Origins of experimental biology
  • Carnet d’un biologiste , 1959 - Notepad of a biologist
  • Espoirs et inquiĂ©tudes de l’homme , 1959 - The hopes and worries of Man

Biography

  • Marcel Migeo: Les Rostand, Paris, Stock, 1973. About Edmond, Rosemonde, Jean and Maurice Rostand.

References

  1. ^ Regis, Ed (1991). Great Mambo Chicken And The Transhuman Condition: Science Slightly Over The Edge. Westview Press. pp. 85–86. ISBN 0201567512.  

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Preceded by
Édouard Herriot
Seat 8
Académie française
1959-1977
Succeeded by
Michel DĂ©on
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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Jean Rostand (October 30, 1894 – September 4, 1977) was a French biologist and philosopher.

Sourced

  • Science had better not free the minds of men too much, before it has tamed their instincts.
    • Jean Rostand (1962). The substance of men. Doubleday. p. 19.  
  • Kill a man, one is a murderer; kill a million, a conqueror; kill them all, a God.

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