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J. Lewiner, finalist for the European Inventor Award 2018

Few individuals are as prolific as French inventor, physicist and entrepreneur Jacques Lewiner. Throughout his career as a researcher spanning more than four decades, he has authored over 500 patent applications worldwide. He holds 68 granted European patents.

Inventions: Optical sensors, ionisation-chamber smoke detector, coded lock devices and more

After earning his PhD in physics from the University of Paris, he taught at The Catholic University of America, in Washington D.C., specialising in the study of the electrical properties of solid matter. He joined the French National Center for Scientific Research in Paris in 1968 and filed for his first patent in 1970.

In 1973, Lewiner was appointed as professor in charge of the electromagnetism chair at the prestigious ESPCI Paris, which he later co-directed with Nobel laureate Georges Charpak.

His honours include the Prix Spécial Marius Lavet (2017) and titles such as Doctor Honoris Causa at Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (2016) and Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honour (2002). Retirement could not be further from his mind, as he is currently Honorary Scientific Director at ESPCI Paris as well as Dean of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Université PSL.

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