Thibault Damour

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Thibault Damour
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Thibault Damour (2010)
Born (1951-02-07) 7 February 1951 (age 66)
Lyon, France
Residence France
Nationality French
Fields Mathematical physics
General Relativity
Institutions Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques
Alma mater École Normale Supérieure
Known for Post-Newtonian expansion

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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