Alessandro Morbidelli (astronomer)

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Alessandro Morbidelli
BornMay 2, 1966
Alma materUniversity of Namur (FUNDP)
Known forTheories on the early history of the Solar System
AwardsUrey Prize of the American Astronomical Society, asteroid 5596 1991PQ10 named Morbidelli, Grand Prix Mergier-Bourdeix of the French Academy of Science, Member of the Belgian Academy of Science
Scientific career
FieldsPlanetary science, astrophysics, astronomy
InstitutionsCNRS, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur

Alessandro Morbidelli (born May 2, 1966),[1] is an Italian astronomer and planetary scientist currently employed by the Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur in Nice.[1]

Morbidelli specialises in solar system dynamics,[1] especially planetary formation[1] and migration and the structure of the asteroid and Kuiper belts.

In 2000, he received the Urey Prize from the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society.

On 17 November 2015, Morbidelli was elected a foreign member of the French Académie des Sciences.


  • Jewitt D., Morbidelli A., Rauer H., "Trans-Neptunian Objects and Comets", Springer, 2008


  1. ^ a b c d "Alessandro Morbidelli". Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur. Archived from the original on 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2010-08-19.

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