Jean-Jacques Favier


Born April 13, 1949, in Kehl, Germany. Married to the former Michele Jean. Four children. He enjoys downhill skiing, tennis, wind-surfing, and archeology.


Attended primary and secondary schools in Strasbourg, France. Received an engineering degree from the National Polytechnical Institute of Grenoble in 1971 and earned a Ph.D. in engineering from the Mining School of Paris and a Ph.D. in metallurgy and physics from the University of Grenoble in 1977.


Research Engineer, Commissaniat a l’Energie Atomique (CEA), 1976-1979. Head Solidification Group 1970-1986, Head of Laboratory 1986-1989, Head Solidification and Crystal Growth Service, 1989 to 1993, Cons. European Space Agency (ESA), Centre National D’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), Paris 1983 to present. Astronaut Candidate CNES, Paris 1985 to present. Member of Space Station User Panel of ESA, member of the Association of Space Explorers.


Recipient Zellidja Association 2nd prize, French Academy Literature 1970, E. Brun Price Award French Academy Sciences. Member of International Organization of Crystal Growth. Member of American Association of Crystal Growth, Societe Francaise de Metallurgie. Groupe Francais de Croissance Cristalline (Committee Chairman). Visiting Professor at University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) (1994-95). Member of the Space Science Committee of the European Science Foundation (ESF). Several patents on crystal growth processes, furnaces and insitu diagnosis. Published more than 80 research articles in refereed scientific journals and books.


Dr. Favier is currently the Advisor of the Director of the Material Science Research Center (CEREM) at the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and is presently detached to CNES. He proposed the MEPHISTO program, a collaborative project between the French Space Agency and NASA, and has developed many other scientific projects in collaboration with the United States since 1985. He is the principal investigator (P.I.) for a MEPHISTO materials processing experiment, which made its debut on the United States Microgravity Payload in 1992 and 1994. He has been a CNES payload specialist candidate since 1985. He has been P.I. of more than 10 space experiments in collaboration with ESA, NASA, and the Russians.

Favier flew as a crew member on board STS 78 in 1996.



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