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Astronomical instrumentation designer wins 2012 MacArthur Genius Grant

02 October 2012

Physicist and astronomer Olivier GuyonOlivier Guyon (University of Arizona and Subaru Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) is among recipients of the 2012 MacArthur Genius Grants. A designer of astronomical telescopes and instrumentation for exoplanet exploration, Guyon invented a method that greatly reduces the engineering and cost barriers to deploying a planet-locating telescope in low-Earth orbit.

He has authored more than 100 SPIE conference proceedings, including several papers on adaptive optics and the search for exoplanets presented at the recent SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation symposium. Guyon serves on the program committee for the conference on Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets.

The MacArthur Foundation awards each winner $500,000 to fund his or her work.

Read the University of Arizona article on Olivier Guyon's award.

Read Guyon's article "Reshaping light using aspheric optics for direct imaging of exoplanets" in the SPIE Newsroom.

Read the Wall Street Journal coverage of the 2012 MacArthur Genius Grants.

Photo credit: Marco Garcia/Getty Images for Home Front Communications/John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation