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The Institut d'astrophysique de Paris (translated: Paris Institute of Astrophysics) is a research institute in Paris, France. The Institute is part of the Université Pierre et Marie Curie and is associated with the CNRS Centre national de la recherche scientifique. It is located at 98bis, Boulevard Arago Il in the 14th arrondissement of Paris, adjacent to the Paris Observatory.
The IAP was created in 1936 by the French ministry of education under Jean Zay, initially for the purpose of processing data received from the Observatory of Haute-Provence, which was built around the same time. The institute, initially called "Laboratoire d'astrophysique," opened its doors on June 15, 1939. Henri Mineur was the first director. Its first location was within the Paris Observatory, then in the École normale supérieure de Paris before arriving in the current building which was constructed in 1952.
Current research 
The IAP includes 160 researchers, engineers, technicians, and administrators and regularly welcomes many visitors and students.
The main areas of research at the IAP are:
The IAP is one of five laboratories of AERA, the European association for research in astronomy. The laboratory is situated at the interface between two disciplines, astrophysics and theoretical physics. The International Astronomical Union has its seat at the IAP.
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