34-year-old Philippe Charlier works with the dead - long dead - and likes it that way. Nicknamed the "Indiana Jones of the Graveyards," Charlier is France's most famous forensic anthropologist, and his patients are the country's historic personages the likes of Henri IV and Charles III.
In addition to teaching and conducting autopsies at the Raymond Poincaré University Hospital in the Paris suburb of Garches, the physician analyzes the remains and the illnesses and deaths of the rich and powerful who made French history. Criticized for his passion of bringing anthropology to the masses, Charlier says “I want to share everything I know with the greatest number of people. What I do is not dilettantism; it’s intellectual vulgarization.”