Born in Basel (Switzerland) in 1948, Catherine Fauchier-Magnan studied law at the Université de Genève. She then passed the qualifying exam of the Société Française de Graphologie and practiced as an independent handwriting expert. At the same time she was Chairwoman of the Société de Lecture de Genève and Chairwoman of the Société des Amis du Musées d’Art et d’Histoire de la Ville de Genève.