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Gold Medal 2020: Françoise Combes, astrophysicist

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00:05:36

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2020

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Audrey MIKAELIAN

Summary

A great explorer of the cosmos and a specialist in galaxies, Françoise Combes is an astrophysicist at the Laboratoire d'études du rayonnement et de la matière en astrophysique et atmosphères (Lerma; Paris Observatory - PSL/CNRS/Sorbonne University/Cergy-Pontoise University) and a professor at Collège de France.
In 2020, she received the CNRS Gold Medal, one of the most prestigious French scientific distinctions, for her exceptional career and international influence.
Françoise Combes' research focuses on the formation and evolution of galaxies, their dynamics and structure, and the interactions between them, using both direct observations and numerical simulations. Her work has helped to understand the relationship between the shapes of galaxies and their histories, and thus gain knowledge of the various stages in the growth of galaxies throughout the history of the Universe. She has also shown that the super-massive black holes in the centres of galaxies cause the slowdown of star formations within them.

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