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Michel G.E. Mayor
Born (1942-01-12) 12 January 1942 (age 79)
Lausanne, Switzerland
NationalitySwiss
FieldsAstrophysics
InstitutionsUniversity of Geneva
Alma materLausanne University (M.S., 1966)
Geneva University (Ph.D, 1971)
Known forDiscovered first planet orbiting around a normal star, 51 Pegasi
Notable awardsPrix Jules Janssen (1998)
Shaw Prize (2005)
Wolf Prize (2017)
Nobel Prize in Physics (2019)
This person won a Nobel Prize
Michel Gustave Édouard Mayor (born 12 January 1942) is a Swiss astrophysicist. He was professor emeritus at the University of Geneva's Department of Astronomy. He retired in 2007, but works as a researcher at the Observatory of Geneva. He is co-winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics,[1] the 2010 Viktor Ambartsumian International Prize,[2] and the winner of the 2015 Kyoto Prize.

Together with Didier Queloz in 1995 he discovered 51 Pegasi b, the first extrasolar planet orbiting a sun-like star, 51 Pegasi.[3] Because of this, Mayor and Queloz won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics "for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star".[4]

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