Philippe Thouvenin was born in Toul, France, in 1959.
He received the M.S. degree from Ecole Centrale Paris, France in 1981. In 1982, he joined Thales Electron Devices, Vélizy, France, (formerly Thomson Tubes Electroniques).
He was responsible for the development of various microwave tubes for space, telecommunications, defense and science. He is currently the R&D and Engineering manager of microwave devices at Vélizy plant.