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Michel Mayor

1942 - Today

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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 264,916 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Michel Mayor is the 36th most popular astronomer (up from 46th in 2019), the 50th most popular biography from Switzerland (up from 60th 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.

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Among astronomers, Michel Mayor ranks 36 out of 531Before him are William Alfred Fowler, Johann Gottfried Galle, Fred Hoyle, Johann Bayer, Caroline Herschel, and Wilhelm Schickard. After him are Adolphe Quetelet, Jan Oort, Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli, Charles Greeley Abbot, Giovanni Schiaparelli, and Simon Marius.

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Among people born in 1942, Michel Mayor ranks 38Before him are Giorgio Agamben, Ehud Barak, José Eduardo dos Santos, Jochen Rindt, Lou Reed, and Giancarlo Giannini. After him are Mohamed ElBaradei, Alassane Ouattara, Wen Jiabao, Giacinto Facchetti, Michael Crichton, and Walter Hill.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Michel Mayor ranks 50 out of 876Before him are Albert I of Germany (1255), Robert Walser (1878), Angelica Kauffman (1741), Joan Gamper (1877), Albert II, Duke of Austria (1298), and Aga Khan IV (1936). After him are Carlo Maderno (1556), Felix Bloch (1905), Hans Albert Einstein (1904), Clay Regazzoni (1939), Johann Jakob Balmer (1825), and H. R. Giger (1940).

Among ASTRONOMERS In Switzerland

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