Adolphe Charles Adam (1803 - 1856) was a French composer and critic.
He was born in Paris on July 24, 1803. His father was a pianist, music teacher, and composer. He is probably best remembered for the ballet Giselle (1841). He wrote several other ballets and 39 operas, including Le Postillon de Longjumeau (1836) and Si j'étais roi (1852). From 1849 he taught composition at the Paris Conservatoire. He died in Paris on May 3, 1856.