Pierre Corvol was born on the 18th august 1941 in Boulogne (Seine). He studied medicine in Paris with a PhD in biochemistry.
After a medical residency in Paris in 1964, he became a post-doctoral Research fellow in National Institute of Health in 1969. He came back to France 2 years later to continue clinical formation and to be appointed professor in Hôtel-Dieu in 1976, head of the arterial hypertension department in Hopital Broussais (Paris), then in the european hospital Georges Pompidou.
He directed Inserm research unit on vascular disease and kidney endocrinology from 1983 to 2006 and is nowadays director of a Inserm research team on angiogenesis (Inserm U833). He is the director of the Federative Institute of biological research of College de France (IFR 52). He became chair professor in College de France (Chair of experimental medicine, 1989-2012) and Administrator of College de France (2006-2012). He also had many chairs such as in the Centre of clinical investigation, president of scientific council of Paris university hospital (AP-HP).
Pierre Corvol worked as a physician – scientist during all his life. He is a specialist of the renin angiotensin system and established its central role in arterial pressure regulation. His work has been at the origin of the discovery of renin and angiotensin inhibitors which are one of the major drug used in cardiovascular disease. Today, he works on angiogenesis and on the remodeling of arterial tunics in health and disease.
Pierre Corvol has been awarded many distinctions such as the Claude Bernard price, the Humbold Award, the CIBA award for hypertension research. He is Commander of the Légion d’honneur, one of the highest rank of merit in France.