Claudine Hermann (born 1945) is Honorary Professor of Physics at Ecole Polytechnique, the most renowned French engineering school. She is alumna of Ecole Normale Supérieure de Jeunes Filles and her PhD (1976) was in Solid State Physics.
She was the first woman ever appointed Professor at Ecole Polytechnique (1992). Since then, in parallel with her activities in Physics, she has been studying the situation of women scientists in Western Europe and promoting science for girls, by papers and conferences, in France and abroad.
At the European Union, she was a member of the expert group that produced the ‘ETAN report’ on women in academia in Western Europe (2000); she was a French member of the Women and Science (‘Helsinki’) group at DG Research between 1999 and her retirement at the end of 2005.
A co-founder and the first president of the French Femmes & Sciences (Women and Science) association, she is now its President of honour and is Vice-president of the European Platform of Women Scientists. She is involved in various activities related to scientific culture.
She is the author of 85 refereed papers in physics, of 35 papers in the field of promotion of science among young people and on the analysis of the situation of women in scientific and technical careers.