Cécile DeWitt-Morette

French mathematician and physicist

Cécile Andrée Paule DeWitt-Morette (21 December 1922 – 8 May 2017) was a French mathematician and physicist. She founded a summer school at Les Houches in the French Alps.

Cécile DeWitt-Morette
Cécile DeWitt-Morette (left) with Bryce DeWitt (right)
Born(1922-12-21)21 December 1922
Died8 May 2017(2017-05-08) (aged 94)
Known forÉcole de Physique des Houches
Spouse(s)Bryce DeWitt (1951-2004; his death; 4 children)
AwardsMarcel Grossmann Award
Scientific career
FieldsTheoretical physics
Functional integration
InstitutionsInstitute for Advanced Study
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Texas at Austin
Doctoral advisorWalter Heitler Louis de Broglie
Doctoral studentsCharles Doering Tianrong Zhang

For her publications, she was awarded the American Society of the French Legion of Honour 2007 Medal for Distinguished Achievement.[1] Attendees at the summer school included over twenty students who would go on to be Nobel Prize winners, including Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Georges Charpak, and Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, who identify the school for helping in their success.

In 1951, she married American physicist Bryce DeWitt.[2] He died in 2004. They had four children.


  1. Cécile DeWitt-Morette profile, seniorwomen.com; accessed 18 June 2015.
  2. "Oral History Transcript: Drs Bryce DeWitt & Cecile DeWitt-Morette". American Institute of Physics. 28 February 1995. Retrieved 19 April 2015.

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