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Michel Mayor

Michel Mayor

2019 Nobel Prize in Physics
Intro
Swiss astrophysicist and emeritus professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Geneva. He officially retired in 2007, but he is still active as a researcher at the Geneva Observatory. Because he "discovered exoplanets orbiting other sun-like stars," he and Didier Queloz won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics.
Education and Work Experience
  • 1966, M.S. in Physics, University of Lausanne
  • 1971, PhD in Astronomy, Geneva Observatory, University of Geneva
  • 1984-2007, Researcher, Geneva Observatory
  • 1971-1984, Professor, University of Geneva,
  •  since 2007, Researcher at the Geneva Observatory 
Honors and Awards
    • 2000, the Barzan Award
    • 2004, the Albert Einstein Medal
    • 2005, Shaw Shaw Award for Astronomy
    • 2011, BBVA Basic Science Knowledge Frontier Award
    • 2017, Wolf Prize in Physics2019, Nobel Prize in Physics
Major Academic Achievements

Mayor ’s research interests include exoplanets (also called exoplanets), instruments, statistical properties of binary stars, globular cluster dynamics, galaxy structure, and kinematics. Mayor ’s work has focused more on improving radial velocity measurement instruments to improve the detection and measurement of exoplanets ’properties.

In 1995, together with Didier Quelloz, he discovered 51 Pegasi b, the first solar system planet 51 Pegasi orbiting a sun-shaped star. Mayor pointed out that through this discovery, it can be concluded that humans will never migrate to such exoplanets because they are "too far away." However, due to the discovery of Mayor, it may be more practical to find extraterrestrial communications from exoplanets than previously thought.