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The Admission of Women to the French Academies

Nature volume 85, page 342 (12 January 1911) | Download Citation



WE learn from the Times of January 5 that at the recent quarterly plenary meeting of the five academies of the French Institute, the question of the eligibility of women candidates for the institute came up for consideration. It arose from the circumstance that Mme. Curie, the discoverer of radium, has been put forward as a candidate for one of the vacant seats oin the Academy of Sciences. How her claims are regarded by that body may be inferred from the fact that in the list as finally submitted her name stands at the head. It is stated that at the general meeting more than 150 academicians were present, and that the proceedings, as might have been expected, “were extremely animated.” Eventually the motion in favour of the admission of women was rejected by 90 votes to 52. The institute further adopted a motion to the effect that whilst it did not presume to dictate to the separate academies, there was, in its opinion, “an immutable tradition against the election of women, which it seemed eminently wise to respect.”

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