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Professor Didier Queloz, one of Europe’s leading experts on planets located beyond the Solar System, has been appointed Professor of Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory.

Professor Queloz said: “I am delighted to be moving to Cambridge. It is a real honour for me to join a University that has been the home and source of inspiration to so many great scientists.”
Extra-solar system planets, or exoplanets, were first detected by Professor Queloz and his colleague Michel Mayor in 1995. Since then, more than 800 exoplanets have been discovered.

Professor James Stirling, Head of the Department of Physics, said: “We are delighted that Didier will be joining us as a professor in the Cavendish Laboratory. We have made a very considerable investment in experimental astrophysics in recent years, including a brand new building to house our astrophysics group. Didier’s appointment will open up a new strand of research in one of the most exciting areas of modern astronomy, and will build on the expertise we already have in instrument development, star and planet formation, atmospheric chemistry, planetary geophysics and climatology.

“It will also further cement links with our colleagues in the Institute of Astronomy and the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, and help maintain Cambridge and UK leadership in fundamental science.”


20 February 2013