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Habitability GRP Keynote Speaker - Professor Didier Queloz

Talk with Professor Didier Queloz, 2019 Physics Nobel Prize Winner

Join us for a talk with Professor Didier Queloz, one of the 2019 Physics Nobel Prize winners.

The talk will be followed by a drinks reception.

Date and time

Date: Thursday 20 February

Time: 15:30 - 17:30

Location: Panorama Room, Rootes Building, University of Warwick

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Professor Didier Queloz

Professor Queloz is an astronomer and professor at the University of Cambridge.

In 1995, together with Professor Michael Mayor, he discovered the first exoplanet orbiting a sun-like star, 51 Pegasi b.

For this discovery, he shared the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics with Professor Mayor and Professor James Peebles.

Talk Abstract

The exoplanet collection identified over the last 25 years ranges from massive and big planets like our own Jupiter to smaller denser objects like the Earth. The diversity and the prolific amount of planets discovered revolutionized our understanding about the nature and the formation history of planets. It opened up a surprising new perspective on the possible rarity of planetary systems similar to our own but also exciting prospects about the potential of probing planet atmosphere for traces of life activity. The talk will present an outlook of this landscape and will discuss the implications of these recent findings. New insights about the origins of life will be presented in the light of recent experiments about a possible origin of pre-biotic chemical building blocks as well as a possible long-range pathway for detecting Earth-like systems amenable for remote study of life.

If you have any queries about the event, please contact habitability at warwick dot ac dot uk