JOSEPH LAKANAL (1762-1845), French politician, was born at Serres (Ariege) on the 14th of July 1762.
Lakanal, who was a member of the commission, now began to work for the organization of higher education, and abandoning the principle of his Projet advocated the establishmentef state-aided schools for primary, secondary and university education.
Lakanal was an original member of the Institute of France.
Guillon, Lakanal et l'instruction publique (Paris, 1881).
Lakanal (February 1795) were superseded by that of P. C. F.