Merieme Chadid

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Merieme Chadid
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Born(1969-10-11)October 11, 1969
NationalityFrance and Morocco
Alma materPh.D. Paul Sabatier University
Known forAstronomer and Explorer
AwardsYoung Global Leader 2008 in the World Economic Forum. Woman of the Year 2015 in Science. Officer of Order of Ouissam Alaouite handed over by His Majesty The King of Morocco in 2013. Woman of the Antarctic Wikibomb by Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research SCAR in 2016. Young Leader of the France-China Foundation in 2014.
Scientific career
FieldsAstronomy and Exploration
InstitutionsDome Charlie, Antarctica

Merieme Chadid (born October 11, 1969 in Casablanca) is a Moroccan-French astronomer, explorer and researcher at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis.[1][2] In 2005, she led an international scientific program to install a major astronomical observatory at Dome Charlie in the heart of Antarctica.[1][3][4]


Chadid received her Ph.D from the Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, in 1996, discovering and explaining hypersonic shock waves in pulsating stars. She then joined the Centre national de la recherche scientifique in Montpelier. From 1998 to 2001 she worked on installation of the Very Large Telescope in Chile and in 2002 joined the Conseil national des Astronomes.[3]

In 2005 Chadid lead her first expedition to install telescopes for a new astronomical observatory in the heart of Antarctica. She was the first woman astronomer to set foot in Antarctica and the first to place the Moroccan flag at the South pole.[3][5]

See also


  1. ^ a b Miller, Rebecca (26 August 2018) [2015]. "Merieme Chadid". The My Hero Project. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  2. ^ "Featured Fellow: Dr. Merieme Chadid, Renowned Astronomer and Explorer". The Global Network for Africa's Prosperity. Retrieved 2017-05-17.
  3. ^ a b c Emmanuel Kwaku Akyeampong; Henry Louis Gates; Steven J. Niven (2 February 2012). Dictionary of African Biography. Oxford University Press. pp. 54–55. ISBN 978-0-19-538207-5.
  4. ^ "10 ans de Khmissa" [10 years of Khmissa] (PDF) (in French). 24 January 2007. p. 8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-03-05.
  5. ^ "Arab Woman of The Year 2015". Embassy of The Kingdom of Morocco. Retrieved 2016-05-17.