Thibault Damour

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Thibault Damour
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Thibault Damour (2010)
Born (1951-02-07) 7 February 1951 (age 69)
NationalityFrench
Alma materÉcole Normale Supérieure
Known forPost-Newtonian expansion
AwardsAlbert Einstein Medal (1996)
Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics (2016)
CNRS Gold medal (2017)
Scientific career
FieldsMathematical physics
General Relativity
InstitutionsInstitut des Hautes Études Scientifiques

Thibault Damour (French: [tibo damuʁ]; born 7 February 1951) is a French physicist.

He is a professor of theoretical physics at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHÉS) since 1989. An expert in general relativity, he has long taught this theory at the École Normale Supérieure (Ulm). He contributed greatly to the understanding of gravitational waves from compact binary systems, and with Alessandra Buonanno, he invented the "effective one-body" approach to solving the orbital trajectories of binary black holes. He is also a specialist in string theory.

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