Michael E. Brown

Mike Brown
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Born (1965-06-05) June 5, 1965 (age 52)
Huntsville, Alabama
Nationality American
Education Princeton University, UC Berkeley
Known for Discovery of Eris and other trans-Neptunian objects
How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming
Spouse(s) Diane Binney
Children 1
Website www.gps.caltech.edu/~mbrown/
Scientific career
Fields Planetary astronomy
Doctoral students Jean-Luc Margot, Chad Trujillo, Marc Kuchner

Michael E. Brown (born June 5, 1965) is an American astronomer, who has been professor of planetary astronomy at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) since 2003. [1] His team has discovered many trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs), notably the dwarf planet Eris, the only known TNO more massive than Pluto. [2] He has referred to himself as the man who "killed Pluto", [3] [4] because he furthered Pluto being downgraded to a dwarf planet in the aftermath of the discovery of Eris and several other probable trans-Neptunian dwarf planets. He is the author of How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming, published in 2010. He was awarded the Kavli Prize (shared with Jane X. Luu and David C. Jewitt) in 2012 “for discovering and characterizing the Kuiper Belt and its largest members, work that led to a major advance in the understanding of the history of our planetary system.”

Early life

Brown is a Huntsville, Alabama native and graduated from Virgil I. Grissom High School in 1983. He earned his A.B. in physics from Princeton University in 1987, where he was a member of the Princeton Tower Club. He did his graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley where he earned an M.A. degree in astronomy in 1990 and a Ph.D. degree in astronomy in 1994. [1]

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