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Prof Isabelle Baraffe

Head of Astrophysics, Professor of Astronomy


Telephone: 01392 725123

Extension: (Streatham) 5123

Isabelle Baraffe is the Chair of Astrophysics.  She joined the University of Exeter in 2010.  Prior to her appointment at Exeter University she had the following roles: Professor of Astrophysics, Centre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon (CRAL), France, Associate professor, Ecole Normale Superieure, Physics department, Lyon, France, Postdoc position, University of Gottingen, Sternwarte, Germany, Postdoc position, Max-Planck Institut fur Astrophysik, Garching, Germany. Her field of research is stellar and planetary physics and evolution - Stellar hydrodynamics - Exoplanets - Planetary atmospheric dynamics.  She has been awarded several prizes and distinctions: two Advanced European Research Council (ERC) grants in 2012 and 2018; Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2010; Gauss-Professorship from Goettingen Academy of Sciences in 2005; Johann WEMPE prize of the Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam in 2004; Bronze medal from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France) 1999. She gave the Biermann lectures at the Max-Planck Institut for Astrophysics in Garching in 2015.

Links with other universities

Ecole Normale Superieure, Lyon, France



Administrative responsibilities 

Academic Lead of the Astrophysics group in Exeter


1986-1990: PhD in Astrophysics, University of Paris VII and University of Gottingen 

1982-1986: Msc in Physics, University of Paris VII (Jussieu)

Useful links:


  • Link to the models of Baraffe, Elbakyan, Vorobyov & Chabrier 2016, A&A "Self-consistent evolution of accreting low-mass stars and brown dwarfs":