Henri Boffin is Staff Astronomer at the ESO Paranal Observatory, where he supports the Very Large Telescope and is second instrument scientist for the FORS2 instrument. He obtained his PhD from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, in 1993, working on explaining chemically peculiar red giants, in particular Barium stars. Since then, his research is devoted to the world of close binary stars, their formation and evolution. To this aim, he combines both observational and theoretical work, including hydrodynamical simulations and the development of new numerical methods. He spent 2 years as a post-doc in Kobe, Japan, working on cataclysmic variables, and another 2 years in Cardiff, Wales, UK, in the Star Formation group. In 1998, he came back to Brussels, obtaining a permanent position as Senior Researcher at the Royal Observatory of Belgium. There, he organised the first international workshop on Astro-tomography. His current scientific interests also include Am stars and binary nuclei of planetary nebulae, but more generally all interacting binary stars. He move to ESO, the European Southern Observatory, in 2003. As he is very keen to share science with society, he also graduated from the 1st promotion of “Journalist & Scientist” at the Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme de Lille, France.
Biography Updated on 2 December 2010