Appell, Paul

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Paul Emile Appell, known as Paul Appell, was born in Strasbourg, France, in 1855 and died in Paris in 1930.

A graduate of l’Ecole normale Supérieure in engineering, he held the chair of Rational Mechanics at the Sorbonne from 1882 until 1913, when he succeeded Henri Poincaré as head of the department of celestial mechanics at the Sorbonne. He became President of the Academie des Sciences in 1914, then Rector of the University of Paris. He was also involved in the establishment of the Cité Universitaire campus for students in Paris.

As President of the Executive Committee of the French LN Association, he advocated the establishment of an international organisation, similar to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and which would be concerned with global intellectual life. He was involved in the foundation of the International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation (ICIC), and from 1927 until his death in 1930 he served as French delegate to the ICIC.


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Created by Marie Caillot 17/10/2011. English translation by Jan Stöckmann 11-08-2015.




  • UNESCO Archives, Archival Group 1 : IICI/01/A. IICI, "La Coopération intellectuelle", 15 novembre 1930, p. 555-557.
  • Renoliet, J.-J. (1999). L'UNESCO oubliée. La Société des Nations et la coopération intellectuelle (1919-1946). Paris : Publications de la Sorbonne. P. 13-14, 231.

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