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Prof. Dr. Eric Emsellem

Prof. Dr. Eric Emsellem is ESO Head of the Office for Science, Garching (since March 2009). He holds an Engineering degree from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon, a Master degree from Cornell University, and a doctoral degree from Paris University (1994) but spent most of his time as a PhD student at the Center for Research in Astrophysics in Lyon (CRAL). He went on to take an EARA Fellowship at the Leiden Observatory and then  became an ESO Fellow in Garching. He obtained a staff position as associate Astronomer at the CRAL in 1997, and became full Astronomer in 2006 (Habilitation in 2005). In the meantime he served as INSU deputy (since 2004), head of the TIGER then GALPAC teams (since 2003), and deputy director for the CRAL since 2008.

Research interests:

  • Formation and evolution of galaxies
  • Galactic dynamics, stellar populations and nuclear regions
  • integral-field spectroscopy


Contact Address:

Prof. Dr. Eng. Eric Emsellem
European Southern Observatory
Karl-Schwarzschild Str. 2
85748 Garching bei Muenchen, Germany

E-Mail: eemselle @