An official journal of the Society for Biology of Reproduction and the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn

March 2014 (No. 1)

Serge Carreau (1947–2013)

Slawomir Wolczynski, Medical University in Białystok, Poland
Barbara Bilinska, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland


Professor Serge Carreau passed away on July 21, 2013 at the age of 66. Serge was born on April 16, 1947 in Semur en Vallon in France. He graduated from the University of Caen, Lower Normandy, France, where he received his B.S. in 1966, M.S. in biology in 1968, and majored in biology in 1974 with honors. Serge earned his Ph.D. in biology in 1981 at the University of Paris VI, also with honors. Serge received a post-doc fellowship at the Rockefeller University, New York (1981–1983) working there with Dr. Wayne Bardin. After the postdoctoral stay he returned to Caen. His entire professional curriculum was associated with the Univer- sity of Caen, where he worked as a Deputy Researcher (URA CNRS 609) – Biochemistry (1983–1989), then a Director of CNRS (DR2) and CNRS EP 009 (1989–2003), a Director EA 2608 (2004– 2007), a Director of INRA 2006 (2004–2007), and (2008–2011) led projects in Aromatase and estrogens within the mammalian gonads and The Estrogens and Reproduction. In the last years of his life he was involved in the IFR 146 ‘‘ICORE’’ (2007–2011) and CPER ‘‘ISBIO’’ (2007–2013) projects at the University of Caen. During his career, Serge published over 180 refereed scientific publications in the fields of biochemistry, andrology and reproductive biology. He collaborated with 171 co-authors between 1980 and 2011 and was cited by 1661 authors. In his last years he successfully combined research activity with teaching as a visiting professor in many countries, including Italy, Poland, Tunisia, Morocco, and Brazil. In 2000–2001 he was involved in the Polish-French ‘‘Polonium’’ project between the University in Caen and the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Serge visited Poland several times giving lectures and participating in seminars, mainly in Bialystok and Krakow. He organized and co-chaired two Polish-French Conferences, in Mikołajki (2007) and Krakow (2010). In 2011 he delivered an opening lecture during the 6th Conference of the Society for Biology of Reproduction in Polanczyk. His contribution to the development of research in estrogens in the male cannot be overestimated. He will be remembered for having been always eager to volunteer to share his knowledge and expertise, as well as participating in experiments performed during his last years. Since 2001 Serge had been a member of the Editorial Board of the Polish scientific journal Reproductive Biology and an active author of several papers published in the journal. His professional reviewing helped many authors to publish important scientific results.

In recognition of his scientific achievements, Serge’s honors included:

  • The Rockefeller University Award from the Population Council, New York, 1990
  • MF JAYLE Award from the French Academy of Sciences, Paris, 2004
  • The Academic Palm from the University of Caen, 2009

Serge was a very creative colleague, and, up to the end of his life, stimulated others to scientific activities. His colleagues and collaborators appreciated his experience and knowledge as well as his friendship. It was a special privilege to spend time with him during his last Conference at the 25th Anniversary of the first in vitro baby in Poland (Bialystok, November, 2012), where he delivered his last lecture. Serge left behind his beloved daughters and friends who will remember him and strive to finish the projects that were Serge’s lifeworks. We have lost not just a long-serving colleague, but a close friend. He has left marks on his colleagues and the gap caused by his death will be hard to close. Let his memory be eternal . . .

Reproductive Biology 2014 14 1: 1.