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Astrophysicist

Catherine Jeanne Cesarsky, French astrophysicist. Recipient Space Science award, Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), 1998. Member of National Academy of Sciences (foreign associate), French Science Academy, Swedish Academy of Sciences (foreign member), Royal Society London, International Academy Astronautics, Academia Europaea, French. Society Professional Astronomers (president 1994-1996), American Astronomical Society (honorary).

Background

Cesarsky, Catherine Jeanne was born on February 24, 1943 in Ambazac, France.

Education

Degree in Physics, University Buenos Aires, 1965. Doctor of Philosophy in Astronomy, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1971.

Career

Research fellow Argentine Institute Radio Astronomy, 1965—1966. Research fellow astronomy department California Institute of Technology, 1971—1974. Staff member service d'astrophysique (SAp), direction des sciences de la matière (Distinguished Service Medal), Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique, Saclay, France, 1974—1994, head SAp, 1985—1993, director Distinguished Service Medal, 1994—1999, research director, since 2008.

Director general European Southern Observatory, Munich, 1999—2007, High Commission Atomic Energy, France, since 2009. Vice president International Astronomical Union, 1997—2003, president elect, 2003—2006, president, 2006—2009. President science progressive committee Center National d'Etudes Spatiales, since 2005.

Membership

Member of National Academy of Sciences (foreign associate), French Science Academy, Swedish Academy of Sciences (foreign member), Royal Society London, International Academy Astronautics, Academia Europaea, French. Society Professional Astronomers (president 1994-1996), American Astronomical Society (honorary).

Connections

Married; 2 children.