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Hubert Reeves

Hubert Reeves

Canadian astrophysicist and popularizer of science
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Intro Canadian astrophysicist and popularizer of science
Countries Canada
Occupations Popularizer of science Astrophysicist Science writer
Gender male
Birth 13 July 1932 (Montreal, Urban agglomeration of Montreal, Montreal Region, Quebec)
Education McGill University, Université de Montréal, Cornell University
Hubert Reeves
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Biography

Hubert Reeves (born July 13, 1932), CC OQ is a French Canadian astrophysicist and popularizer of science.

Early life and education

Reeves was born in Montreal on July 13, 1932, and also as a child lived in Léry. Reeves attended Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, a prestigious French-language college in Montreal. He obtained a BSc degree in physics from the Université de Montréal in 1953, an MSc degree from McGill University in 1956 with a thesis entitled “Formation of Positronium in Hydrogen and Helium” and a PhD degree at Cornell University in 1960. His PhD thesis was “Thermonuclear Reaction Involving Medium Light Nuclei.”

Career

From 1960 to 1964, he taught physics at the Université de Montréal and worked as an advisor to NASA. He has been a Director of Research at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique since 1965.

Personal life

Reeves resides in Paris, France. He often speaks on television, promoting science.

Honours and recognition

  • In 1976 he was made Knight of Ordre national du Mérite (France).
  • In 1986 he was made Knight of the Légion d'Honneur (France). He was promoted to Officer in 1994 and to Commander in 2003.
  • In 1991 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 2003.
  • In 1994, he was made Officer of the National Order of Quebec.
  • Asteroid 9631 Hubertreeves is named after Reeves: see Meanings of asteroid names (9501-10000).
  • In 2011 was created the Hubert Reeves award.

Selected publications

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