Physicist, Member of the Institut de France.
Born on 7 November 1951 in Lyon.
Education: Ecole normale supérieure (rue d’Ulm), Université de Paris VI.
Academic qualifications: Agrégation and PhD in Physical Science, Doctor of Science.
- Jane Eliza Procter Fellow (1974) and European Space Agency International Fellow (1975) at the University of Princeton (United States)
- Research Analyst (1977), Officer (1981), and Director (1985) at the French National Scientific Research Centre (CNRS)
- Deputy Director of the Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology department of the CNRS and the Paris Observatory (1986)
- Tenured professor at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (IHES) (since 1989)
- Member of the International Society of General Relativity and Gravitation, the French Physics Society, Corresponding Member (1994) and Member (since 2000) of the Institut de France (Académie des sciences), Member of the Academia Europaea (2010).
Work: Introduction of new concepts to the physics of black holes, exhaustive theoretical study of the problem of two condensed gravitational bodies (in general relativity), fine tuning the theory of the emission of gravitational waves, introduction of new relativistic gravitation tests scanning the intense gravitational field system, study of scalar-tensor theories of gravitation and primordial cosmology.
Publications: Entretiens sur la multitude du monde (joint author, 2002), Si Einstein m'était conté (2005).
Decorations: Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur.
Awards: Laureate of the Singer-Polignacrix Foundation (1978), CNRS Bronze medal (1980), Paul Langevin award from the French Physics Society (1984), Mergier-Bourdeix prize from the French Academy of Sciences (1990), Einstein Medal from the Bern Einstein Society (1996), Cecil F. Powell Memorial Medal from the European Physical Society (2005), Amaldi Medal from the Italian Society of General Relativity and Gravitation (2010).