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Hubert Reeves
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Hubert Reeves in 2015
Born (1932-07-13)July 13, 1932
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died October 13, 2023(2023-10-13) (aged 91)
Paris, France
Citizenship Canadian
Alma mater Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf
Université de Montréal
McGill University
Cornell University
Known for Works on stellar nucleo-synthesis
Popularisation of science
Spouse(s) Francine Brunel (former)
Camille Scoffier-Reeves (current)
Children 4
Awards See Honours and Recognition
Scientific career
Fields Astrophysics
Institutions CNRS
Thesis Thermonuclear Reaction Involving Medium Light Nuclei (1960)
Doctoral advisor Edwin Salpeter
Doctoral students Jean Audouze

Hubert Reeves CC GOQ (July 13, 1932 – October 13, 2023) was a Canadian astrophysicist and popularizer of science.

Early life and education

Reeves was born in Montreal on July 13, 1932, and as a child lived in Léry. 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" and a PhD degree at Cornell University in 1960.


From 1960 to 1964, he taught physics at the Université de Montréal and worked as an adviser to NASA. He had been a Director of Research at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) since 1965.

Personal life

Reeves resided in Paris, France. He often spoke on television, promoting science. He passed away in the French capital on October 13, 2023, at the age of 91.

Honours and recognition

  • In 1976, he was made Knight of the Ordre national du Mérite (France).
  • In 1986, he was made Knight of the Légion d'Honneur (France). He was promoted to Officer in 1994 and to Commander in 2003.
  • In 1991, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 2003.
  • In 1994, he was made Officer of the National Order of Quebec. He was promoted to Grand Officer in 2017.
  • Asteroid 9631 Hubertreeves is named after Reeves: see Meanings of asteroid names (9501-10000).
  • In 2011, the Prix Hubert-Reeves was created.
  • In 2019, he received the Prix Jules Janssen, the highest award of the Société astronomique de France.

See also

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