Jean Rostand was a French biologist and philosopher. Active as
an experimental biologist, Rostand became famous for his work
as a science writer, as well as philosopher and activist. His
scientific work covered a variety of biological fields such as
amphibian embryology, parthenogenesis and teratogeny, while his
literary output extended into popular science, history of science
was the son of playwright Edmond Rostand and poetess Rosemonde
Gérard. Following the footsteps of his father, Rostand
was elected to the prestigious Académie française
was a dynamic activist in several causes, in particular against
nuclear proliferation and the death penalty. An agnostic, he demonstrated
deep humanist convictions. He wrote several books on the question
of eugenism and the responsibilities of mankind regarding its
own fate and its place in nature.
married Andrée Mante in 1920. His son François was
born the next year.
makes our opponents useful is that they allow us to believe that
without them we would be able to realize our goals."
that checkroom (dépotoir) of our dreams."
for the man who is not engaged in it, is a little like the odor
of garlic for one who hasn't eaten any."
outrage, vanity, cruelty, iniquity, bad faith, falsehood -- we
fail to see the whole array when it is facing in the same direction
a man one is a murderer; kill a million, a conqueror; kill them
all, a God."