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Paris-Sud 11 University ([1]) (French: Université Paris-Sud 11) is a French university distributed among several campuses in the southern suburb of Paris (including Orsay, Cachan, Châtenay-Malabry, Sceaux and Kremlin-Bicêtre campuses). The main campus is located in Orsay (48°42′00″N 2°10′24″E / 48.699890°N 2.173309°E / 48.699890; 2.173309).

It is one of the largest and most renowned French universities, particularly in the sciences. Paris-Sud is ranked 49th in the 2008 edition of the Academic Ranking of World Universities, and is the second best French University according to this methodology. Furthermore, the University was ranked 36-39 wolrdwide in 2009 according to Global University Ranking.[1] It was officially recognized as an independent academic institution in 1965, after some of the expanding inner-Paris particle and nuclear physics laboratories were transferred to Orsay, under the impulse of Irène Joliot-Curie. It hosts a great number of laboratories on its large (236 ha) campus. About 26,000 students are currently enrolled. Paris-Sud University comprises some 104 research units.

As for physics, some of those world-class top laboratories are in particle physics ([2]), nuclear physics ([3]) ([4]), astrophysics ([5]), atomic physics and molecular physics ([6]), condensed matter physics ([7]), theoretical physics ([8]).

A number of the best French mathematicians are or were affiliated to Paris-Sud University. Among those are the Fields medalists Laurent Lafforgue, Jean-Christophe Yoccoz and Wendelin Werner.

We can cite Pierre-Gilles de Gennes and Albert Fert, as two recent Nobel Prizes of physics, who were affiliated to Paris-Sud University as well.

Paris-Sud University also comprises biology and chemistry laboratories, engineering and technology schools and has established partnerships with many of the surrounding technology centres and Grandes Ecoles.


Known people affiliated to Paris-Sud University

Pierre-Gilles de Gennes (nobel prize of physics 2001)

Albert Fert (nobel prize of physics 2007)

Laurent Lafforgue (Fields Medal 2002)

Jean-Christophe Yoccoz (Fields Medal 1994)

Wendelin Werner (Fields Medal 2006)

Henri Kagan

Jean-Didier Vincent

Bertrand Serlet - Senior Vice President of Software Engineering at Apple Inc.

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