Renowned French researcher Dr Jean-Philippe Beaulieu has been appointed as the inaugural David Warren Endowed Chair of Astrophysics at the University of Tasmania.
He arrives at the University from the position of Directeur de recherche CNRS, Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris in France.
Dr Beaulieu has had an illustrious research career which includes the 1996 Louis Armand Prize from the French Academy of Science – an honour bestowed every three years to a researcher aged less than 30 for remarkable work in applied mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology or earth sciences.
He is part of numerous major international collaborations and is co-lead investigator on the proposed ARIEL mission, a €500 million space mission under consideration by the European Space Agency.
Dr Beaulieu is also no stranger to Tasmania, having collaborated with numerous researchers here for more than 20 years, including the esteemed Dr John Greenhill.
During that time he co-authored a book, Secret Garden at Recherche Bay – 1792, that describes in detail the story of Felix Lahaye (a gardener with the French expedition under Rear-Admiral d’Entrecasteaux) and the garden he created at Recherche Bay in 1792.
This is the first Endowed Chair in the institution's 127-year history, made possible through a $2.6 million gift made by alumnus Dr David Warren in 2016, and the additional support of the University of Tasmania and its Foundation Board.
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