André Couder

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André Couder (27 November 1897 – 16 January 1979) was a French optician and astronomer.


From 1925, he worked in the optics laboratory of the Paris Observatory. Between 1952 and 1958 he was vice-president of the International Astronomical Union. A lunar crater, Couder, is named for him.[1] He was awarded the Valz Prize in 1936,[2] and the Janssen Medal from the French Academy of Sciences in 1952.

Couder was the President of the Société astronomique de France (SAF), the French astronomical society, from 1955-1957.[3]


  1. ^ "Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature: Couder". International Astronomical Union (IAU) / USGS Astrogeology Science Center. Oct 18, 2010.
  2. ^ "Prix et Subventions Attribués en 1936: Prix Valz". Comptes Rendus Hebdomadaires des Séances de l'Académie des Sciences. December 21, 1936. p. 1417.
  3. ^ List of presidents of the Société astronomique de France