Jean Rostand (1894 – 1977)
He 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.
He was the son of playwright Edmond Rostand and poetess Rosemonde Gérard.
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 next year.