Françoise Combes#

Francoise Combes
Email:francoise.combes 'at'
Membership Number:2690
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:FRANCE

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: development of a model of dark baryonic matter, in the form of cold molecular gas

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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