Date of Birth: 1927 – 1997
Place of Birth: Paris, France
François Furet was a French historian and a president of the Saint-Simon Foundation.
Furet studied at the Lycée Janson-Sailly and received an ‘agrégation’ from the Faculté de Lettres in Paris. Furet became a member of the Communist Party of France in 1949 along with other well-known historians of his time - Michel Vovelle, Jacques Le Goff, and Michelle Perrot - but left in 1956. He began studying at the University of Letters and Law in Paris, but was obliged to stop his studies in 1950 when he contracted tuberculosis. He recovered from his illness and began studying for his agrégation. IN 1954, Furet successfully passed the rigorous examinations focussing on History. He briefly taught in high schools before working on the French Revolution at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS). He also worked at the Nouvel Observatuer from 1956 to 1966 to support himself. He started work at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in 1966, later becoming president from 1977 to 1985. Furet was appointed Director of Studies at the EHESS and worked at the University of Chicago as a professor in the Committee on Social Thought. He was selected for admission into the Académie Française in 1997 but suffered a fatal heart attack on a tennis court. There is currently a school named after him in the Paris suburbs, and a François Furet prize is awarded each year.