Françoise Combes#


Francoise Combes
Membership Number:2690
Membership type:ORDINARY
Section:EARTH & COSMIC SCIENCES
Elected:2009
Main Country of Residence:FRANCE
Homepage(s):http://aramis.obspm.fr/~combes
http://www.college-de-france.fr/site/francoise-combes
http://www.college-de-france.fr/site/francoise-combes



Present and Previous Positions
  • 2014 Professeur in Collège de France (chaire: Galaxies et Cosmologie)
  • 2007 - 2014 Astronomer (CE) at Paris Observatory (CE2 in 2011)
  • 1996 - 2006 Astronomer (1cl) at Paris Observatory
  • 1989 - 1996 Astronomer (2cl) at Paris Observatory
  • 1985 - 1989 Staff-director of the Physics Laboratory in Ecole Normale Supérieure (Ulm), Paris
  • 1983 - 1985 Part-time lecturer in Paris 6 (C4 and DEA)
  • 1978 - 1985 Associate-Professor in Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris
  • 1975 - 1978 Assistant-Professor in Ecole Normale Supérieure (Ulm), Paris

Fields of Scholarship
  • Dynamics of Galaxies: spiral structure, barred density waves
  • Interaction between galaxies; N-body simulations of galaxies (FFT, tree-code)
  • Gas hydrodynamics (collisions, SPH, etc.), for evolution and formation of galaxies
  • Interstellar medium of galaxies, observations of new molecules
  • Galaxies at large redshift, cosmic star formation
  • Molecular absorption lines in front of quasars
  • Dark matter in the universe

Honours and Awards
  • 2017 Honorary member of AAS (American Astronomical Society)
  • 2015 Officier de la Légion d'Honneur
  • 2015 Honorary Member of SF2A
  • 2013 R.M. Petrie Prize of the Canadian Astronomical Society
  • 2013 Honorary Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • 2012 Award of the Three Scientists, ENS
  • 2011 Chaire Prof. A. Blaauw in Groningen
  • 2010 ERC (European Research Council) Advanced Grant
  • 2009 Officer of national order of merit
  • 2009 Member of Academia Europaea
  • 2009 Tycho Brahe Prize of the EAS, European Astronomical Society
  • 2006 Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
  • 2004 Member of French Science Academy
  • 2001 Silver Medal of CNRS
  • 1993 Prize Petit d'Ormoy of French Science Academy
  • 1986 IBM Prize in Physics


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