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Prof Isabelle Baraffe

Professor of Astrophysics


Telephone: 01392 725123

Extension: (Streatham) 5123

Isabelle Baraffe is Professor 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:

  • The Viktor Ambartsumian International Science Prize in 2020
  • 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 

Member of the UKRI STFC Council (2018-2021)


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 atmopshere models of Phillips et al. 2020, A&A 637, "A new set of atmopshere and evolution models for cool T-Y brown dwarfs and giant exoplanets"



  • Link to the models of Baraffe, Elbakyan, Vorobyov & Chabrier 2017, A&A "Self-consistent evolution of accreting low-mass stars and brown dwarfs":