Pierre-Gilles de Gennes dies in Orsay, France on 18. May 2007.

After serving more than two years in the French Navy, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes is appointed as an Assistant Professor for solid-state-physics at Paris-South University in 1961. He´s is conducting research on supraconductors and later switches to liquid crystals in 1968.

Pierre-Gilles de Gennes spends a post-doc-year under the solid-state-physicist Charles Kittel at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1959.

Pierre-Gilles de Gennes becomes a research engineer at the Atomic Energy Center in 1955, where he´s focused on neutron scattering and magnetism.

Pierre-Gilles de Gennes becomes the administrator of the Ècole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie in 1976. He holds this post until his retirement in 2002.

Pierre-Gilles de Gennes is born to his parents Robert Joachim Pierre de Gennes, a physician, and Marthe Marie Yvonne Morin-Pons, a nurse, in Paris, France.

Pierre-Gilles de Gennes is awarded the 1991 Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering that methods developed for studying order phenomena in simple systems can be generalized to more complex forms of matter, in particular to liquid crystals and polymers.

Pierre-Gilles de Gennes becomes Professor of physics at the Collége de France in 1971. He also takes part in STRASACOL (a joint action of Strasbourg, Saclay Nuclear Research Center and Collége de France), which researches polymer physics. From 1980 he researches interfacial problems, notably the dynamics of wetting, and the physical chemistry of adhesion. Recently he´s interested in granular materials and surface phenomena.

Pierre-Gilles de Gennes and Anne Marie Elisabeth Eugènie Rouet get married in 1954. They have three children.

Pierre-Gilles de Gennes earns his PhD at the Ècole Normale Supérieure in 1957.

Pierre-Gilles de Gennes earns his PhD at the Ècole Normale Supérieure in 1955.