Hubert Reeves

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Hubert Reeves
Hubert Reeves 20100330 Salon du livre de Paris 1.jpg
Hubert Reeves in 2010.
Born (1932-07-13) July 13, 1932 (age 90)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Alma materCollège Jean-de-Brébeuf
Université de Montréal
McGill University
Cornell University
Known forWorks on stellar nucleo-synthesis
Popularisation of science
Spouse(s)Francine Brunel (former)
Camille Scoffier-Reeves (current)
AwardsSee Honours and Recognition
Scientific career
Doctoral advisorEdwin Salpeter[1]
Doctoral studentsJean Audouze

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

Early life and education[edit]

Reeves was born in Montreal on July 13, 1932, and 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 French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) since 1965.

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). Atoms of Silence: An Exploration of Cosmic Evolution. 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.
  • Reeves, Hubert; Boutinot, Nelly; Casanave, Daniel; Champion, Claire (2017). Hubert Reeves nous explique la biodiversité. Bruxelles: Le Lombard. ISBN 9782803670796.
  • Reeves, Hubert; Boutinot, Nelly; Casanave, Daniel; Champion, Claire (2018). Hubert Reeves nous explique la forêt. Bruxelles: Le Lombard. ISBN 9782803672325.
  • Reeves, Hubert; Vandermeulen, David; Casanave, Daniel (2019). Hubert Reeves nous explique les océans. Bruxelles: Le Lombard. ISBN 9782803673100.
  • Reeves, Hubert, Michel Cassé, Étienne Klein, Marc Lachièze-Rey, Roland Lehoucq, Jean-Pierre Luminet, Nathalie Palanque-Delabrouille, Nicolas Prantzos, and Sylvie Vauclair. (2019). Petite histoire de la matière et de l'univers.


  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 978-2-02-097494-3.
  3. ^ Reeves, Hubert (1956). "The formation of positronium in hydrogen and helium on 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.
  5. ^ "Dr. Hubert Reeves wins 2019 Jules Janssen Prize (Press release)". Société astronomique de France. Retrieved 10 August 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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