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René Racine


Professeur honoraire

Faculté des arts et des sciences - Département de physique

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Racine was born in Quebec City. He eventually obtained a bachelor's degree of Physics from Laval University in 1963. He obtained his master's and doctoral degrees (Ph.D in astronomy) in 1965 and in 1967, respectively, from the University of Toronto. He achieved a research scholarship at the Carnegie Institute.

Between 1967 and 1969, he was Carnegie Fellow at the Mount Wilson and Palomar observatories near Pasadena, California. He then operated the Mt. Mégantic Observatory during the years of 1976–1980, the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope during 1980–1984, before returning to Mt. Mégantic Observatory for the years of 1984–1997.

In 1994, he with five others, recalibrated the value of the Hubble constant, which helps to measure extragalactic distances, and the size and the age of the Universe.

On 10 February 2000, Denis Bergeron, in Val-des-Bois, was the first to discover an asteroid from Quebec. The asteroid, 45580 Renéracine, was named in honor of Racine.


Areas of Expertise

René Racine is a Québécois Canadian professor and astronomer who specializes in the study of globular clusters.He has also achieved international renown for his work with galaxies, astronomical instruments and adaptive optics.

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Recherche de planètes extra-solaires : les limites imposées à l'imagerie Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2000 - 2000
Graduate : Marois, Christian
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M. Sc.
Différences d'âge entre les amas globulaires galactiques Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 1998 - 1998
Graduate : Bergeron, Pascal
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M. Sc.

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CENTRE DE RECHERCHE EN ASTROPHYSIQUE DU QUEBEC Projet de recherche au Canada / 2008 - 2017

Lead researcher : Pierre Bergeron
Co-researchers : Gilles Fontaine , Claude Carignan , Pierre Bastien , Anthony F. J. Moffat , Alain Vincent , Georges Michaud , René Racine , Serge Demers , René Doyon , Daniel Nadeau , Nicole St-Louis , Paul Charbonneau , Robert Lamontagne , Patrick Dufour , David Lafrenière , François Wesemael Succ. , Jacques Richer , David Scott Hanna , Kenneth J Ragan , Victoria Kaspi , Andrew Cumming , Robert Rutledge , Gilbert Holder , Matthew Dobbs , tracy Webb , Lorne Archie Nelson , Michel M. Bourqui , Ludvik Martinu , Sébastien Blais-Ouellette , Jean Dupuis , Frederic Grandmont , Simon Thibault , Martin Aube , Laurent Drissen , Gilles Joncas , Serge Pineault , Carmelle Robert , Hugo Martel , Ermanno F. Borra , Martin Riopel , Sylvie Florence Beaulieu
Funding sources: FRQNT/Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies (FQRNT)
Grant programs: PVXXXXXX-(RS) Programme de regroupements stratégiques

Recognition and Awards

  • Société royale du Canada : Les Académies des arts, des lettres et des sciences du Canada, Société royale du Canada, 1990.
    • Price Léon Lortie of Saint-Jean-Baptiste Society of Montreal in 1988.
    • Member of the Royal Society of Canada in 1989.
    • Member of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in 1991 .
    • Beals of the Canadian Astronomical Society in 1992.
    • Scientist Award of the year by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1994.
    • Order of Canada in 1999, resigned the honour in 2009.
    • Queen Elizabeth II (2002, 1977) Golden Jubilee Medal of Her Majesty.

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