Les Houches is a village located
in Chamonix valley, in the French Alps. Established in 1951, the Physics School is situated at 1150 m above sea level in natural surroundings, with breathtaking views on the Mont-Blanc mountain range.
Founded by a young French scientist, Cécile DeWitt-Morette, the place has been rapidly developed into the mekka for physisists and attracted the greatest names of modern physics such as Enrico Fermi, Wolfgang Pauli, Murray Gell-Mann and John Bardeen amongst others. The young students, then unknown, included such future scientists as Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Georges Charpak, and Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, all future winners of the Nobel prize for Physics, as well as mathematician Alain Connes, future winner of the Fields medal.
Houches Physics School is affiliated with Université Joseph Fourier
Grenoble I (UJF) and is funded by the UJF, the Centre National de la
Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the Direction des Sciences de la
Matière of Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (CEA/DSM).
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