Astronome Directeur de Recherche émérite au CNRS


office : C1-24
Boulevard de l'Observatoire
CS 34229
06304 Nice Cedex 4

  phone :  +33 4 92 00 31 47
  email :

cerga plateau de Calern 06Observatory of Côte d'Azur : The Schmidt Telescope on the Plateau de Calern, in the north of Grasse.

grande coupole Observatoire Côte d'AzurObservatory of Côte D'Azur : The building designed by C. Garnier housing the 76 cm refractor, overlooking the city of Nice

Laser lune gtherin on the plateau de CalernLunar Laser Ranging on the Plateau de Calern

A Professional Life in Short

  • Born in Paris on 23 July 1949
  • Educated at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the University of Paris
  • Joined CERGA in 1974 and CNRS in 1975
  • PhD in 1980 : Tidal effects in the solar system
  • Post Doc 1981 : Cornell University (USA)
  • Director of CERGA 1992-2003.
  • Hipparcos mission and Hipparcos Science Team 1983-1997
  • Preparation of the exploitation of the Gaia ESA mission (2000- ?)
  • Presently Director of Research in CNRS at the Observatory of Côte d'Azur in the Dept Cassiopée.

Research responsabilities

  • Associate member of the Bureau des Longitudes
  • Member of the French National Committee of Scientific Research (Astronomy)
  • Member of the Science Council of the Institut de Mécanique Céleste
  • Member Administrative Council of the Observatory of Strasbourg
  • Member of the CNES advisory committee on fundamental physics
  • Member of the GAIA Science Team (ESA)
  • Chair of the Gaia DPAC (Data Processing and Analysis Consortium)

plateau de Calern 06Overview of the Plateau de Calern




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