Ordre des Palmes Académiques

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Order of Academic Palms
Commandeur de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques avers.jpg
Commander's Necklet of the Order
Awarded by Ministry of National Education of the French Republic
Type Order of merit
Established Decoration: 1808
Order: 1955
Awarded for Distinguished contributions to education or culture
Status Currently constituted
Grand Master President Emmanuel Macron
Chancellor Jean-Michel Blanquer, The Minister of National Education
Grades Commander, 1st Class
Officer, 2nd Class
Member, 3rd Class
Next (higher) National Order of Merit
Next (lower) Order for Agricultural Merit
Palmes academiques Commandeur ribbon.svg
Palmes academiques Officier ribbon.svg
Palmes academiques Chevalier ribbon.svg
The three graded ribbon bars of the Order

The Ordre des Palmes académiques (Order of Academic Palms) is a national order of France for distinguished academics and figures in the world of culture and education. Originally a decoration founded by Emperor Napoleon to honour eminent members of the University of Paris, it was changed into its current form as an order on 4 October 1955 by President René Coty.[1]



The early Palmes académiques was instituted on 17 March 1808 and was bestowed only upon teachers or professors;[1][2] in 1850 the decoration was divided into two known classes:

  • Officier de l'Instruction Publique (Golden Palms).[3]
  • Officier d'Académie (Silver Palms).[3]

In 1866, the scope of the award was widened to include major contributions to French national education and culture made by anyone, including foreigners, it was also made available to any French expatriates making major contributions to the expansion of French culture throughout the rest of the world.[citation needed]


Since 1955,[2] the Ordre des Palmes académiques has comprised three grades, each grade having a fixed number of recipients:

  • Commander (Commandeur) — gold cross of 60 mm with a coronet ("couronne") worn on necklet.[1]
  • Officer (Officier) — gold cross of 55 mm worn on ribbon with rosette on left breast.[1]
  • Knight (Chevalier) — silver cross of 50 mm worn on ribbon on left breast.[1]

Decisions on nominations and promotions are decided by the Minister of Education, for those not connected to state-sponsored public education, or the Ministry of National Education, these honours are announced on 1 January, New Year's Day. For all others, they are made on 14 July, which is French National Day.[citation needed]

Notable recipients[edit]

French recipients[edit]

Foreign recipients[edit]

See the List of foreign recipients of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques.

  • Edouard Montpetit (1881-1954), renowned French Canadian lawyer, economist and sociologist
  • Bruno Bernard, Belgian author dictionary French foreign languages
  • Francis L. Lawrence (1937–2013), classical drama and baroque poetry scholar, President of Rutgers University (1990–2002)[6]
  • Ali-Akbar Siassi, Iranian intellectual, psychologist and politician during the 1930s and 1960s, serving as the country's Foreign Minister, Minister of Education, Chancellor of University of Tehran, and Minister of State without portfolio.
  • Javad Tabatabai, Iranian thinker[7]
  • Ahmad Kamyabi Mask, Iranian littérateur
  • Léopold Sédar Senghor[2]
  • Buddy Wentworth, Namibian politician, for his contributions to the Namibian independence struggle[8]
  • Taghrid Abou-Hassan, Lebanese french professor, for her innumerable contributions in French outreach programs to the Lebanese and general community within Canada.[9]


Member Officer Commander
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Palmes academiques Chevalier ribbon.svg Palmes academiques Officier ribbon.svg Palmes academiques Commandeur ribbon.svg


  1. ^ a b c d e "Décret n°55-1323 du 4 octobre 1955 portant institution d'un ordre des Palmes académiques". Legifrance. French Republic. Retrieved February 17, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Les Palmes académiques, la plus ancienne distinction civile". Le Parisien. February 22, 2010. Retrieved February 18, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Hieronymussen, Poul Ohm (1970). Orders, medals, and decorations of Britain and Europe in colour. London, U.K.: Blandford Press. p. 162. ISBN 9780713704457. OCLC 768124951. 
  4. ^ "MONIQUE ADOLPHE". Académie royale de médecine de Belgique. Retrieved February 18, 2017. 
  5. ^ Evangelista, Nick (1994). The Encyclopedia of the Sword. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 14. ISBN 9780313278969. OCLC 29954316. 
  6. ^ Lawrence, Francis L. Leadership in Higher Education: Views from the Presidency (New Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction Publishers, 2006), 345.
  7. ^ Javad Tatabai Archived 2013-11-05 at the Wayback Machine., Institut d'études avancées de Paris
  8. ^ "Former deputy minister Wentworth dies". The Namibian. 5 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Dal prof receives prestigious French honour". Dalhousie News. Retrieved 2018-04-01. 

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