Michel Mayor

1942 - Today

Photo of Michel Mayor

Icon of person Michel Mayor

Michel Gustave Édouard Mayor (French pronunciation: [miʃɛl majɔʁ]; born 12 January 1942) is a Swiss astrophysicist and professor emeritus at the University of Geneva's Department of Astronomy. He formally retired in 2007, but remains active as a researcher at the Observatory of Geneva. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michel Mayor has received more than 301,858 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). Michel Mayor is the 35th most popular astronomer (up from 36th in 2019), the 57th most popular biography from Switzerland (down from 50th in 2019) and the most popular Swiss Astronomer.

Michel Mayor is most famous for being the first astronomer to discover a planet outside of our solar system.

Memorability Metrics

  • 300k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 66.16

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 62

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 13.97

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.90

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Michel Mayors by language

Over the past year Michel Mayor has had the most page views in the with 26,666 views, followed by French (9,193), and Chinese (5,555). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Hakka (144.71%), Bengali (60.35%), and Sicilian (52.03%)


Among astronomers, Michel Mayor ranks 35 out of 644Before him are Caroline Herschel, Johannes Hevelius, Johann Gottfried Galle, Wilhelm Schickard, Martin Ryle, and Adolphe Quetelet. After him are Jamshīd al-Kāshī, Arthur Eddington, Fred Hoyle, Robert Woodrow Wilson, Giovanni Schiaparelli, and Jan Oort.

Most Popular Astronomers in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1942, Michel Mayor ranks 38Before him are José Eduardo dos Santos, Lou Reed, Ian McShane, Mohamed ElBaradei, Giorgio Agamben, and Tobin Bell. After him are Giacinto Facchetti, Jacques Rogge, Bob Hoskins, Jochen Rindt, László Sólyom, and John Irving.

Others Born in 1942

Go to all Rankings

In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Michel Mayor ranks 57 out of 1,015Before him are Hans Albert Einstein (1904), Niklaus Wirth (1934), Henry Fuseli (1741), Johann Jakob Balmer (1825), Gabriel Cramer (1704), and Albert I of Germany (1255). After him are Aga Khan IV (1936), Paul Hermann Müller (1899), H. R. Giger (1940), Daniel Bovet (1907), Emil Jannings (1884), and Walter Rudolf Hess (1881).

Among ASTRONOMERS In Switzerland

Among astronomers born in Switzerland, Michel Mayor ranks 1After him are Jean Philippe Loys de Cheseaux (1718), Rudolf Wolf (1816), Paul Wild (1925), Didier Queloz (1966), Johann III Bernoulli (1744), Nicolas Fatio de Duillier (1664), Robert Julius Trumpler (1886), and Robert Emden (1862).