Didier Queloz

Discovery of Extrasolar Planets

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Didier Patrick Queloz (French pronunciation: ​[didje kəlo, kelo]; born 23 February 1966) is a Swiss astronomer. He is a professor at the University of Cambridge, where he is also a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, as well as a professor at the University of Geneva. Together with Michel Mayor in 1995, he discovered 51 Pegasi b, the first extrasolar planet orbiting a sun-like star, 51 Pegasi. For this discovery, he shared the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics with James Peebles and Michel Mayor. He also recently said that humans will likely find alien life in the next 30 years.


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