Ông đã theo học ngành vật lý thiên văn tại Học viện Công nghệ California (California Institute of Technology) từ 1967 đến 1970, và tại Đại học Princeton từ 1970 đến 1974. Ông bảo vệ luận án tiến sĩ tại Đại học Princeton. Từ năm 1976, ông là giáo sư vật lý thiên văn tại Đại học Virginia.
- La mélodie secrète, Fayard, 1988
- Un astrophysicien, Beauchesne-Fayard, 1992
- Le Destin de l’Univers, Découvertes Gallimard, 1992
- Le Chaos et l’Harmonie, Fayard, 1998
- L’Infini dans la paume de la main – du Big Bang à l’éveil, cùng viết với Matthieu Ricard, Nil éditions, 2000
- Origines – la nostalgie des commencements, Fayard, 2003
- Les voies de la lumière, Éd. Fayard, 2007
Các bản dịch tiếng Việt
- Giai điệu bí ẩn. Và con người đã tạo ra vũ trụ, Phạm Văn Thiều dịch, Nxb Khoa học và Kỹ thuật, 2001, 383 tr
- Hỗn độn và hài hòa, Phạm Văn Thiều và Nguyễn Thanh Dương dịch, Nxb Khoa học và Kỹ thuật, 2003
- Cái vô hạn trong lòng bàn tay (Từ Big Bang đến Giác Ngộ), dịch từ cuốn L’Infìni dans la paume de la main – du Big Bang à l’éveil, Phạm Văn Thiều – Ngô Vũ biên dịch, Nxb Trẻ & Tạp chí Tia Sáng, 470 tr
- Lượng tử và hoa sen, dịch từ cuốn The Quantum and the Lotus
- Trò chuyện với Trịnh Xuân Thuận. Cuộc trò chuyện của Trịnh Xuân Thuận với nhà báo Jacques Vauthier. Sách do Phạm Văn Thiều dịch, Nxb Trẻ & Tạp chí Tia sáng, 2001, 170 tr
- Giải Moron 2007 của Hàn lâm viện Pháp (GS-TS Thiên văn học Trịnh Xuân Thuận Nhận giải thưởng của Hàn lâm viện Pháp, Les voies de la lumière, par Trinh Xuan Thuan, Prix Moron 2007 de l’Académie française French Academy Awards Grand Prize to U.Va.’s Trinh Thuan)
- Giải Kalinga 2009 của UNESCO về các đóng góp trong việc đại chúng hóa khoa học (Two astrophysicists win 2009 Kalinga Prize for Popularization of Science GS Trịnh Xuân Thuận nhận giải Kalinga của UNESCO).
Trinh Xuan Thuan Biography
Trinh Xuan Thuan was born on 20th August, 1948 in Hanoï (Vietnam). He left Hanoi at the age of 6, when Vietnam was divided into two parts at the 17th parallel by the Geneva treaty, signed in 1954. His family then moved to Sàigon, capital of South Vietnam. He pursued his studies in Saigon, at the French high-school Jean-Jacques Rousseau. It is during that period that he acquired the French style that allowed him to write in French such great popular books on astrophysics and cosmology, that are famous not only for their scientific accuracy, but also for their poetic language. He passes with high honors the baccalaureate degree in 1966.
He then went abroad for his higher education. After one year in Switzerland (1966-1967), at the Ecole Polytechnique in Lausanne, he continued his studies in well-known American universities. He obtained his Bachelor of Physics at the California Institute off Technology (Caltech) in 1970, then his PhD in Astrophysics at Princeton University in 1974, under the guidance of the eminent astrophysicist Lyman Spitzer, father of the Hubble space Telescope and one of the pioneers of the physics of the interstellar medium and of plasmas.
Research and Teaching
Since 1976, he has been a professor of astronomy at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and divides his time between the United States and France. As an invited professor at the University of Paris 7, at the observatory of Paris-Meudon, at the department of astrophysics of Saclay and at the IAP (Institute of astrophysics of Paris) of the CNRS, he collaborates regularly with French scientists.
An astrophysicist internationally recognized for his research in extragalactic astronomy (concerning objects beyond the Milky Way), he is the author of more than 230 articles on the formation and evolution of galaxies, in particular of dwarf galaxies, and on the synthesis of light elements in the Big-bang. His articles are widely referred to in the world.
For his astronomical research, he makes use of the largest telescopes on the ground (Kitt Peak, Hawaii, Chile…) and in space (Hubble, Spitzer…). At the end of 2004, thanks to observations made with Hubble, he discovered the youngest known galaxy in the universe (I Zwicky 18) – a discoverery that was amply discussed in the international press.
In addition to his research, he teaches a course at the University of Virginia which is called “Astronomy for Poets”. In this course, students with a non-scientitific background have the pleasure of discovering the wonders of the Universe in a non-technical language.
Writings and talks
In addition to his research, he teaches a course at the University of Virginia which is called
“Astronomy for Poets”. In this course, students with a non-scientitific background have the pleasure of discovering the wonders of the Universe in a non-technical language.
- The Secret Melody (Hardback Version: Oxford University Press, 2001; Paperback Version: Templeton Foundation Press, 2005), a panorama of modern cosmology and its philosophical implications,
- An astrophysicist (written in French, Beauchesne-Fayard, 1992, Champs-Flammarion, 1995), an autobiography,
- Birth of the Universe – The Big-bang and after (Discoveries, Abrams, 1993), an illustrated history of the Big Bang,
- Chaos and Harmony (Hardback Version: Oxford University Press, 2000; Paperback Version: Templeton Foundation Press, 2006), a synthesis of the perspectives of scientific revolutions in the 20th century and of their philosophical implications,
- The Quantum and the Lotus (Hardback Version: Crown, 2001; Paperback Version: Three Rivers Press, 2004), a dialogue with the Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard on convergences and divergences of science and of Buddhism in their descriptions of reality,
- Origins, (written in French, Hardback Version, Fayard, Paris, 2003; Paperback Version, Folio-Gallimard 2005), a coffee-table book, illustrated with splendid photographs of the cosmos, which tells the 14 billion years history of the universe, from the Big-bang to the emergence of the life and consciousness ,
- The Ways of Light (written in French, Fayard, 2007), his latest book, explains the Universe through the signals it sends us: Light. It has been awarded the 2007 Grand Prix Moron by the Academie Francaise.
All his books have originally been written in French. They have all met the favor of a large audience and have been translated in some 20 languages, including English. Trinh Xuan Thuan is regularly invited on television and radio emissions in the US, France and other countries. He is also a frequent guest lecturer in many countries over the world.
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