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Marcy, Geoffrey W. (1954–)




Geoffrey Marcy
Professor of astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley who, together with Paul Butler and other colleagues, has been responsible for the discovery of well over half the presently known extrasolar planets and for obtaining evidence that (a) the solar system may be unusual in its makeup, and (b) that brown dwarfs in orbit around stars are surprisingly rare. Since 1998, Marcy has served on the NASA working groups concerned with the Terrestrial Planet Finder and the origin of the solar system. He obtained a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles (1976), and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1982).


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