Hubert Reeves

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Hubert Reeves
Hubert Reeves.jpg
Reeves in 1994
Born (1932-07-13) July 13, 1932 (age 86)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Residence Paris, France
Nationality Canadian
Citizenship Canada
Alma mater Université de Montréal
McGill University
Cornell University
Known for Works on stellar nucleo-synthesis
Popularisation of science
Spouse(s) Francine Brunel (former)
Camille Scoffier-Reeves (current)
Awards See Honours and Recognition
Scientific career
Fields Astrophysics
Institutions CNRS
Doctoral advisor Edwin Salpeter[1]
Doctoral students Jean Audouze

Hubert Reeves (born July 13, 1932), CC GOQ is a French Canadian astrophysicist and popularizer of science.

Early life and education[edit]

Reeves was born in Montreal on July 13, 1932, and also as a child lived in Léry.[2] Reeves attended Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, a prestigious French-language college in Montreal. He obtained a BSc degree in physics from the Université de Montréal in 1953, an MSc degree from McGill University in 1956 with a thesis entitled “Formation of Positronium in Hydrogen and Helium”[3] and a PhD degree at Cornell University in 1960. His PhD thesis was “Thermonuclear Reaction Involving Medium Light Nuclei.”[4]


From 1960 to 1964, he taught physics at the Université de Montréal and worked as an advisor to NASA. He has been a Director of Research at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique since 1965. Studied Astrophysics

Personal life[edit]

Reeves resides in Paris, France. He often speaks on television, promoting science.

Honours and recognition[edit]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Reeves, Hubert (1998). Origins: Speculations on the Cosmos, Earth and Mankind (1st English-language ed.). London: Arcade Publishing. pp. 192pp. ISBN 1-55970-408-X. 
  • Reeves, Hubert (July 1971). Nuclear Reactions in Stellar Surfaces and Their Relations with Stellar Evolution. London: Gordon and Breach. pp. 88pp. ISBN 0-677-02960-8. 
  • Reeves, Hubert (1968). Stellar evolution and nucleosynthesis. New York: Gordon and Breach. ISBN 0-677-30150-2. 
  • Reeves, Hubert (1981). Patience dans l'azur : l'évolution cosmique. Paris: Seuil. p. 282. ISBN 2-02-010170-X. 
  • Reeves, Hubert (1986). L'heure de s'enivrer : l'univers a-t-il un sens?. ISBN 2-02-014400-X. 
  • Reeves, Hubert (1994). Dernières nouvelles du cosmos. ISBN 2-02-022831-9. 
  • Reeves, Hubert; Lenoir, Frédéric (2003). Mal de Terre. Paris: Points. p. 272. ISBN 2-02-079064-5. 
  • Reeves, Hubert (2005). Chroniques du ciel et de la vie. ISBN 2-02-080030-6. 
  • Reeves, Hubert (2007). Chroniques des atomes et des galaxies. ISBN 978-2-7578-2297-5. 


  1. ^ Hubert Reeves at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ Reeves, Hubert (2008). Je nʼaurai pas le temps. Paris: Les Éditions du Seuil. p. 11. ISBN 2-02-097494-0. 
  3. ^ Reeves, Hubert (1956). "The formation of positronium in hydrogen and helium gases". eScholarship@McGill. Retrieved October 16, 2016.  (supervisor: J. David Jackson)
  4. ^ Reeves, Hubert (15 March 2015). "Biographie détaillée". Hubert Reeves Site officiel. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 

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