Sverre Aarseth

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Sverre Aarseth
Born (1934-07-20) 20 July 1934 (age 86)
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
Known forN-body dynamics
AwardsBrouwer Award (1998)
Scientific career
InstitutionsInstitute of Astronomy, Cambridge
Doctoral studentsDouglas C. Heggie

Sverre Johannes Aarseth, (born 20 July 1934) is a research scientist at the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge. Although retired, Aarseth is still an active researcher. He has dedicated his career to the development of N-body codes. He is the author of the NBODY family of codes, the current iteration is NBODY7.[1] His current areas of research include the effects of stellar evolution in N-body codes, the influence of black holes on stellar systems, the evolution of globular clusters, and the use of GPUs to increase the speed of his codes.

Aarseth was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in 1986-87.[2] He was awarded the 1998 Brouwer Award for his work on advancing dynamical astronomy.[3] The asteroid 9836 Aarseth is named in his honour.

Outside of research, Aarseth's interests include mountaineering, trekking and wildlife.[4] He is also a keen chess player, and was awarded the title International Master for Correspondence in 1981.[5]


  1. ^ Aarseth, A. J. (2012). "Mergers and ejections of black holes in globular clusters". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 422 (1): 841–848. arXiv:1202.4688. Bibcode:2012MNRAS.422..841A. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2012.20666.x.
  2. ^ Institute for Advanced Study: A Community of Scholars
  3. ^ "List of Brouwer Award Winners". American Astronomical Society. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Sverre's Interests". Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  5. ^ "International Correspondence Chess Federation International Masters" (PDF). International Correspondence Chess Federation. November 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2012.[permanent dead link]

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