Bernard Chevassus-Au-Louis becomes Director General of INRA

After qualifying from the Ecole Normale and then gaining a PhD in the natural sciences, Bernard Chevassus-Au-Louis became Research Director at INRA where initially he devoted his efforts to hydrobiology and wild fauna.  He thus became a specialist in fish genetics.  He took over the leadership of INRA in 1992, staying in the post for four years before moving to the French Food Safety Agency (AFSSA) and finally becoming President of the French National Science Museum in 2002.