Florence Raulin Cerceau is Associate Professor at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, France, with a Ph.D. in Astronomy and Space Techniques. She is also a permanent member of the Centre Alexandre Koyré (Center for History of Sciences and Techniques – UMR 8560 CNRS/EHESS/MNHN) in Paris. Her research focuses on the history of SETI and astrobiology, with a particular interest in the early proponents of interplanetary communication and the pioneering concepts of planetary habitability.
In 2011 Dr. Raulin Cerceau co-organized a workshop on the Drake equation at the Centre national d'études spatiales (CNES), the French space agency, and she was the co-editor of the subsequent publication in the International Journal of Astrobiology (2013). She has written several books on historical aspects of SETI and astrobiology, as well as on the origins of life on Earth (published in French by Ellipses Edition, Paris). Dr. Raulin Cerceau is the author of many book chapters on these topics, and she is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics and the Société Française d’Exobiologie.
In addition, as a museologist Dr. Raulin Cerceau was one of the creators of the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution (National Museum of Natural History, Paris), a huge museum devoted to biological evolution.