Short CV/Education and training

  • 1973
    Baccalauréat (Citation: very good)

  • 1976
    Admission to the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Jeunes Filles (ENSJF, Rank: first)

  • 1977
    Maîtrise de mathématiques (Paris VII)

  • 1978
    Agrégation de mathématiques

  • 1979
    Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies de Mathématiques (Field: "Ergodic Theory", University of Paris VII)

  • 1980 – 1981
    Scholarship of the Foundation Singer-Polignac on a project to go to China in order to study the relationships between mathematics and culture (Travel Scholarship granted every two years to four students graduating from French Grandes Ecoles)

  • 1981 – 1982
    Fifth year in the ENSJF

  • 1982
    PhD in mathematics, University Paris XIII

  • 1986
    Chargée de recherche première classe in CNRS

  • 1994 – 1995
    Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin). Elected Sprecherin of the Fellows

  • 1997 – 2005
    Directrice de recherche seconde classe in CNRS

  • 1999 – 2000
    Vice-Director of the research group REHSEIS

  • 2001 – 2008
    Director of the research group REHSEIS

  • Since 2005
    Directrice de recherche première classe in CNRS

Selected publications

  • Chemla, K. (ed.), The history of mathematical proof in the ancient traditions, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

  • Chemla, K. & Guo Shuchun, Les Neuf Chapitres, Dunod, 2004, 1150 S.

  • Chemla, K., Ekeland, I. (eds.): Mathématiques à venir. Quels mathématiciens pour l'an 2000? Dunod, 1988. Supplementary volume in 1987 of the Bulletin de la Société Mathématique de France, 400 S.

  • Chemla, K. (ed.): Démarches mathématiques. Encyclopédie Philosophique Universelle. Presses Universitaires de France, 1989. S. 987-1106.

  • Chemla, K., Volkov, A., Lichtmann, V. (eds.): Modèles et structures des textes chinois anciens. Extrême-Orient, Extrême Occident 13, 1991. 162 S.

  • Chemla, K., Benoit, P., Ritter, J. (eds.): Histoire de fractions, fractions d'histoire. Collection "Science Networks" 10, Birkhäuser 1992. 440 S.

  • Chemla, K., Dahan, A., Chabert, J.-L. (eds.): Chaos et déterminisme. Points Sciences, Le Seuil 1992. 416 S.

  • Chemla, K. (ed.): Regards obliques sur l'argumentation en Chine. Extrême-Orient, Extrême-Occident 14, 1992. 206 S.

  • Chemla, K., Martin, F. (eds.): Le juste nom. Extrême-Orient, Extrême-Occident 15, 1993. 176 S.

  • Chemla, K., Martin, F., Pigeot, J. (eds.): Le travail de la citation en Chine et au Japon. Extrême-Orient, Extrême-Occident 17, 1995. 160 S.

  • Chemla, K., Lackner, M. (eds.): Disposer pour dire, placer pour penser, situer pour agir. Pratiques de la position en Chine. Extrême-Orient, Extrême-Occident 18, 1996. 192 S.

  • Chemla, K. et al. (eds.): Ceci n'est pas un festschrift pour Imre Toth, 29. 12. 1996. Available at

  • Chemla, K. (ed.): La valeur de l'exemple. Perspectives chinoises. Extrême-Orient, Extrême-Occident 19, 1997. 160 S.

  • Chemla, K., Kalinowski, M., Harper, D. (eds.): Divination et rationalité en Chine ancienne. Extrême-Orient, Extrême-Occident 21, 1999. 176 S.

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Board of the Conseil d'Orientation Scientifique et Pédagogique (COSP) of the group of Universities PRES "Sorbonne Paris Cité", since 2010

  • Assistant Secretary General of the Council of the Division of History of Science and Technology, since 2009

  • Elected Member of the Administration Council of the University Paris Diderot, in 2008

  • Editor responsible for mathematical terms in the international project led by C. Harbsmeier, Thesaurus Linguae Sericae (TLS), since 2003

  • Director of the French Nation-wide Interdisciplinary Program CNRS-Ministry of Research "History of knowledge", 2003-2007. All documents about the Program can be found at

  • Head of the International Project of Advanced Study "History and historiography of mathematical proof in ancient traditions", Columbia University-MSH-REHSEIS, March – June 2002

  • Member of the International Commission of Science and Cultural Diversity (IASCUD) of the Division of History and Philosophy of Science, since 2001. Elected vice-president of the Bureau, since 2005: General secretary

  • Director of the research group REHSEIS, CNRS & University Paris Diderot, 2001 – 2008

  • Member of the French National Committee for History and Philosophy of Science (attached to the Académie des Sciences), since 1999. 2011: Elected President.

  • Member of the scientific council of the Institut des Hautes Etudes Chinoises – Collège de France, since 1997

  • Member of the International Commission for the History of Mathematics, representing France, since 1992

Additional qualifications

  • Member of the Editorial board of Ziran kexueshi yanjiu (Research in history of natural sciences), since 2010

  • Member of the Editorial board of the website "Images des mathématiques", CNRS, for a section on history of mathematics, since 2008

  • Member of the Wissenschaftlicher Beirat of "NTM Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Wissenschaften, Technik und Medizin", since 2007

  • Member of the International editorial board of EASTS (East Asian Science, Technology and Society: an international journal), since 2007

  • Member of the International editorial board of Zhongguo keji shi zazhi (Journal for the history of science and technology in China), Academia Sinica, Beijing, since 2007

  • Member of the editorial board Ganita Bharati, since 2006

  • Member of the editorial board of the Revue d'histoire des mathématiques, Société Mathématique de France, since its creation (1994). Co-chief editor, 1998 – 2001. Member of the editorial board, 2001 – 2004. Member of the reading committee, since 2004

  • Member of the editorial committee for mathematics in the Encyclopedia Britannica, responsible for China, pre-Modern India and Japan, 2000 – 2002

  • Member of the International advisory board of the Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, since 1999

  • Scientific advisor of the Encyclopedia Universalis for their corpus on mathematics, 1997 – 1999

  • Editor of the section on the history of science in China in the Storia della scienza, prepared by the Enciclopedia Italiana, in collaboration with the Académie Internationale d'Histoire des Sciences. Co-editors: Francesca Bray, Fu Daiwie, Huang Yi-Long and Georges Métailié. The section appeared in 2001 in Vol. II. A selection of papers were published by the sinological journal in Chinese Faguo hanxue (French Sinology) 6, 2002, since 1996

  • Member of the editorial board of the series in history of science "Science Networks", Chief editors: Hans Wussing and Erwin Hiebert, Birkhäuser, Basel (1995-2000), Eberhard Knobloch and Erhard Scholz, Birkhäuser (since 2000), since 1995

  • Member of the editorial board of the Newsletter for the History of Chinese Science, Taiwan, 1993 – 2001

  • Chief editor, with F. Martin (EPHE) of the journal for Far Eastern Studies Extrême-Orient, Extrême-Occident, Presses Universitaires de Vincennes (1992-2005). Member of the Editorial Board, since 2005


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