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Theory Colloquium: Gravitational Waves and Binary Black Holes

Professor Thibault Damour, IHES, France

11.05.2022 at 16:15 



Short Biography:

Thibault Damour is an outstanding theoretical physicist working on a wide range of topics in the fields of general relativity, astrophysics and string theory. These topics include black holes, gravitational waves, binary pulsars, experimental tests of relativistic gravity, the general relativistic two-body problem and string cosmology.

Thibault Damour is professor at the IHES (Institut des hautes études scientifiques) in Bures-sur-Yvette near Paris. After studying, in 1970-74, at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris), he received his PhD in 1974 from the University Paris VI. From 1977 to 1989, he was a CNRS scientist at the theoretical astrophysics group at the Meudon Observatory and became a permanent professor at the IHES in 1989.

For his many contributions, Thibault Damour received numerous prizes and awards. Among them are

1984: Paul-Langevin-Prize of the French physical society
1990: Prix Mergier-Bourdeix of the Académie des Sciences, France
1996: Albert Einstein Medal
1999: Member of the Académie des Sciences, France
2010: Amaldi Medal
2016: Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for detection of Gravitational Waves
2016: Gruber Cosmology Prize
2016: Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
2017: CNRS Gold Medal
2021: Galileo Galilei Medal
2021: Dirac Medal
2021: Balzan Prize

Room A348 - Faculty of Physics - LMU - Theresienstr. 37, 80333 München and via Zoom