Ernest Fourneau

Ernest Fourneau

Ernest Fourneau
Portrait of Ernest Fourneau
by his son Jean-Claude Fourneau
Born (1872-10-04)October 4, 1872
Biarritz, France
Died August 5, 1949(1949-08-05) (aged 76)
Ascain, France
Residence France
Nationality French
Fields Chemistry, Pharmacology
Institutions Pasteur Institute
Alma mater École de pharmacie de Paris
Notable awards Prix Jecker, of the Académie des Sciences (1919 and 1931)
Son-in-law of Paul Segond
Brother-in-law of Marc Tiffeneau
Father of Jean-Claude Fourneau

Ernest Fourneau (1872–1949) was a French medicinal chemist who played a major role in the discovery of synthetic local anesthetics, as well as in the synthesis of suramin. He authored more than two hundred scholarly works, and has been described as having "helped to establish the fundamental laws of chemotherapy that have saved so many human lives".[1][2] He was a member of the Académie Nationale de Médecine.



  1. ^ "Fourneau, Ernest". Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography, 2008.
  2. ^ Henry, T. A., "Ernest Fourneau". 1872–1949. J. Chem. Soc., 1952, pp. 261–272.