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Pierre Cox is a French astronomer. Born in Paris to a Dutch composer father and a Belgian pianist mother, he led a musically-oriented childhood from which he rebelled at age 17 to study physics at the Université de Paris-Sud.[1] He is known for his research in the area of millimeter and infrared observations of star-forming regions, evolved stars, and high-redshift galaxies. He has published over 250 refereed papers with more than 22,000 citations in total.[2] Cox is currently a Director of Research (Directeur de Recherche) (DR1) at CNRS, working at the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris. From 2013 - 2018,[3] Cox was the Director of ALMA,[4] a position requiring coordinating the efforts of many countries that Cox likened to "being the Secretary General of United Nations".[5] He was previously the Director of the Institut de radioastronomie millimétrique from 2006 through 2013. Prior to IRAM, he had been an astronomer at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy,[6] the Marseille Observatory, and then the Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale, an observatory of the CNRS at the Université de Paris-Sud in Orsay.[7] Pierre's hobbies including drawing and playing piano. He speaks five languages fluently.[8]

Pierre Cox
Pierre Cox photograph from 2012
Pierre Cox signing the contract for the ALMA Band 7 receivers.
Known forAstronomy
Scientific career
InstitutionsFormer Director of ALMA; Institut de radioastronomie millimétrique; Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale


  1. ^ "Article on Pierre Cox in Terra". 2014-10-20. Retrieved 2016-02-10.
  2. ^ "Astrophysics Data System". Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  3. ^ "Pierre Cox Appointed as New ALMA Director". 2012-11-14. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  4. ^ "ALMA page on Pierre Cox". Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  5. ^ "CBS News article on ALMA". 2014-03-09. Retrieved 2016-02-10.
  6. ^ "Article on Pierre Cox in La Recherche". 2013-01-02. Archived from the original on 2016-02-22. Retrieved 2016-02-10.
  7. ^ "Pierre Cox article at IRAM". 2012-11-29. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  8. ^ "New York Times "Download" article on Pierre Cox". 2014-11-21. Retrieved 2016-02-09.