CNRS


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CNRS

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Si hoy el CNRS se perfila como el sucesor de el Siglo de las luces (siglo XVIII), cuando la Ilustracion tenia una gran influencia en aspectos economicos, politicos y sociales y Francia se destacaba con sus pensadores, que sostenian que la razon humana podia combatir la ignorancia, la tirania y construir un mundo mejor, si esos postulados no han cambiado.
Frederic Joliot-Curie was named CNRS director in 1944 and added teaching to the statutory research role of the organization.
Welcome assistance came from the Rockefeller Foundation, which, as part of its efforts to support science in war-stricken countries, contributed to 35 CNRS laboratories and helped fund the organization's international conferences.
In the 1950s, the CNRS, almost exclusively the domain of physicists and mathematicians, began opening its doors to new disciplines: genetics (three Frenchmen received the Nobel Prize for their work on genetic regulation), oceanography and marine biology (with Jacques Cousteau among others), and economics (Maurice Allais was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1988).
What is certain is that the government had a clear intention of funneling increasing aid toward applied science--something that was not yet receiving a great deal of attention at the CNRS.
Soon after, the first collaboration agreement was signed between the CNRS and Rhone-Poulenc, France's leading chemical and pharmaceutical company.
In the 1980s, budgetary crises and threats of dismantlement posed the greatest challenge to the CNRS.
A governmental organization that collaborates with private business is no longer viewed as selling its soul to the devil; in fact, the CNRS is proud of its 3,000-plus contracts with industries in France and abroad.
One priority, says director Kourilsky, is to make CNRS laboratories more competitive.
Kourilsky says the CNRS now plans to carry out extensive Interdisciplinary Research Projects (PIRs) in collaboration with universities, businesses, and foreign research centers.