Born in 1902, Monod has had an extremely rich and fascinating life, dominated by his passion for knowledge, adventure and justice.
He is considered one of the world's pioneers in environmental awareness and action. He graduated as a Doctor of Science in marine biology and has maintained his interest in this field throughout his life.
His early duties sent him to West Africa for the development of fisheries, and there he discovered the appeal of the desert. While he has always been recognized as a fish expert, he has become world famous for his many explorations on camel back throughout the Great Sahara desert.
He became the founder, and for 25 years, the Director of the French Institute for Black Africa (IFAN) in Dakar, Senegal, which is still the major natural history institution of French-speaking Africa.
After his retirement, at the age of 70, Monod has been active in the Academy of Sciences. He has written a number of books and hundreds of scientific papers. Monod has received many prestigious awards and decorations including "Officier de la Legion d'honneur et des Palmes academiques" and "Chevalier du Merite agricole et de l'Etoile noire". He also received the Royal Geographical Society's Gold Medal (1960) and the American Geographical Society's "Charles P. Daly" Medal (1961).