Poitiers - Notable People

Notable People

This is a list of people of interest who were born or resided in Poitiers:

  • Hilary of Poitiers (c300–367), elected bishop of Poitiers around the year 350, exiled and returned to die there
  • Charles Martel, French general who defeated the Muslim Umayyad army in the Battle of Tours in 732
  • François Rabelais, Renaissance writer and humanist
  • Pope Clement V
  • St. Venantius Fortunatus, 6th-century Latin poet and hymnodist and Bishop in the Roman Catholic Church
  • Blessed Marie Louise Trichet
  • William Longchamp, buried at the abbey of Le Pin, 1197
  • René Descartes studied law at the University of Poitiers
  • Saint Louis de Montfort
  • Michel Aco, the explorer, was born in Poitiers.
  • Louis Vierne, organist & composer, eventually at the Notre Dame cathedral, Paris.
  • Paul Rougnon, composer and professor at the Conservatoire de Paris
  • Camille Guérin, born in Poitiers in 1872, discovered a vaccine against tuberculosis with Albert Calmette in 1924
  • Michel Foucault, French philosopher
  • Joël Robuchon, born in Poitiers in 1945, French chef and restaurateur
  • Brian Joubert, French ice skating champion
  • Jean-Pierre Raffarin, French politician and senator for Vienne, former Prime Minister of France (2002–2005)
  • Jean-Pierre Thiollet, born in Poitiers in 1956, French author
  • Mahyar Monshipour, Ex World Boxing Association Super bantamweight champion in 2003–2006.
  • Ribar Baikoua basketball player
  • Francis N'Ganga footballer
  • Maryse Ewanje-Epee athlete
  • Monique Ewanje-Epee athlete
  • Yassine Jebbour footballer
  • Elsa N'Guessan swimmer
  • Simon Pagenaud race car driver
  • Bruce Inkango footballer

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