Prof. Quéré was born in 1931 in Commercy (East of France) and studied in Paris at the Ecole nationale supérieure de smines. Then he undertook a PhD thesis under the supervision of Prof Jacques Friedel. His research was carried out first at the French Atomic Energy Agency (CEA) and then at the Ecole polytechnique (Paris) where he became Head of the Department of Physics, and President of the Senate of Professors. Elected at the Académie des sciences in 1981, he became the Foreign Secretary of the Académie(1993-2003) and was elected as co-Chair of the InterAcademy Panel (IAP) which is the Assembly of science academies worldwide (2000-2006).
Since 1995, he has been deeply involved in science education of children, having co-founded, with Nobel laureate Georges Charpak and astrophysicist Pierre Léna, the movement called La main à la pâte, which rises to a high number of international connections.