Michael E. Brown Facts

Michael E. Brown Facts
Mike Brown (born 5 June 1965) is an American astronomer. He has been professor of planetary astronomy at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) since 2003. He is the author of How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming, published in 2010.
Interesting Michael E. Brown Facts:
Michael Brown was born in Huntsville, Alabama.
He graduated from Virgil I. Grissom High School in 1983 and earned an A.B. in physics from Princeton University in 1987.
He moved to the University of California, Berkeley and earned an MA in astronomy in 1990 and a PhD in astronomy in 1994.
His primary research area is on surveys of distant objects in our Solar system.
He and his team have discovered many trans-Neptunian objects, including a dwarf planet named Eris.
The team originally named Eris and its moon, Xena, and Gabrielle after characters in Xena: Warrior Princess but they have since been renamed Eris and Dysnomia.
Eris was discovered to be more massive than Pluto which led to Pluto's loss of status as a planet.
They also discovered a planetoid which they named Sedna.
Brown and his team discovered a dwarf planet named Haumea but their website was hacked and a team from Spain reported the planet first.
In 2006 Brown was named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people.
In 2007 he was awarded the prestigious Feynman Prize from Caltech.
In 2012 he received the Kavli Prize in Astrophysics which is awarded by the Norwegian Academy of Science to outstanding scientists.
Asteroid 11714 Mikebrown is named for him.
His book, How I killed Pluto and Why it Had It Coming, explained why Pluto did not fit the International Astronomical Union's definition of a planet and why it now designated a dwarf planet.


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