Thierry Courvoisier - Biography#

Thierry J.-L. Courvoisier was born in 1953 in Geneva, Switzerland. He studied theoretical physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ) and obtained a PhD, also in theoretical physics, at the University of Zurich in 1980. He was a scientist in ESA’s X-ray astronomy project EXOSAT at the European Space Operations centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt (Germany), and then at the Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility at the European Southern Observatory, ESO, in Garching (Germany). He joined the University of Geneva in 1988 where he became full professor in 1999. He developed high energy astrophysics at the university of Geneva and created and led the INTEGRAL Science Data Centre (ISDC) that had the responsibility to process, archive, analyse and distribute worldwide the data from ESA’s gamma ray satellite INTEGRAL. Thierry Courvoisier is president of the European Astronomical Society since 2010.

Thierry Courvoisier became president of the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences (SCNAT) in January 2012 and president of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences in January 2013. He exercised both mandates until the end of 2015. He is now vice president of the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) and was elected to become its president for the period 2017-2019.

July 2009 to June 2010 Thierry Courvoisier sailed with his wife Barbara their 40ft sail yacht Cérès from the European Arctic Regions to South America and back to Europe.

Thierry Courvoisier is the author or co-author of more than 400 scientific papers and two books.
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