Professor Isabelle Baraffe
STFC Council member
Professor Isabelle Baraffe joined the University of Exeter in 2010, she is currently the Head of Astrophysics and holds the Chair of Astrophysics.
After her PhD in Astronomy from University of Paris and University of Göttingen in 1990 Professor Baraffe worked at MPA and University of Göttingen as a postdoc. In Lyon, she held her first professorships before moving to England where she. In addition to being named Biermann Lecturer 2015, she has received a number of national awards in France, Germany and the UK, such as the Johann-Wempe award in 2004 for her outstanding theoretical work about low-mass stars, brown dwarfs and extrasolar gas planets. Without her evolutionary models of these objects, some of the most exciting recent observations with the Hubble Space Telescope or the Very Large Telescope could not have been interpreted. She was awarded an Advanced Grant by the European Research Council in 2012 to work on this area.