Born in 1975, Laure Saint-Raymond successfully completed a preparatory competitive entry class at the reputed Lycée Henri-IV before joining École normale supérieure in 1994. She took courses in mathematics and physics that led to a DEA in numerical analysis at Université Paris VI and another in plasma physics at the Université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin. In the same year, she also passed the highly competitive "agrégation" in mathematics. She then wrote a thesis under the guidance of François Golse on the kinetic theory of gases.
She started working at the CNRS in 2000, and remained there for two years as a research officer. She was then appointed Professor at the University of Paris VI. She started working at the ENS from 2007, where she led the analysis team, and then became deputy director of the department.
Laure Saint-Raymond was elected a member of the Academy of Sciences in 2013 becoming the youngest ever. At the beginning of 2014, she began a sabbatical in the United States, Harvard University and MIT. In 2015, she became a junior member of the Institut universitaire de France. The following year, she was recruited to work at ENS de Lyon as a university professor.
(Photo credit: Sébastien Ruat, CNRS photo library)
Awards and honours
2003 : Louis Armand Prize of the French Academy of Sciences
2004 : Claude-Antoine Peccot Award of Collège de France
2004 : Pius XI Gold medal of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences
2006 : SIAG/APDE Prize of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (joint with François Golse)
2006 : Prize of the City of Paris for Young Scientists (joint with Isabelle Gallagher)
2008 : Prize of the European Mathematical Society
2009 : Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize in Mathematics of the American Mathematical Society
2011 : Irène Joliot-Curie Prize of the "Young Scientist Woman"
2013 : Elected member of the French Academy of Sciences (on December 10, 2013)
2015 : Fermat Prize by the Institut de Mathématiques de Toulouse
2017 : Election to the European Academy of Sciences
2019 : Knight in the French National Order of the Legion of Honour