Sverre Aarseth

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Sverre Aarseth
Born (1934-07-20) 20 July 1934 (age 83)
Residence United Kingdom
Nationality Norwegian
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Known for N-body dynamics
Awards Brouwer Award (1998)
Scientific career
Fields Astronomy
Institutions Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge

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]


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