Robert Lamontagne is an astrophysicist at the Université de Montréal and Director of the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic telescope. As such he is responsible for the observatory’s staff and scientific infrastructure.
Early in his career, his research concerned the properties of massive Wolf-Rayet stars and white dwarfs. In recent years, he has been interested mainly in the new science of astrobiology, with the goal of understanding the origin and evolution of life in the universe. His latest research focuses on analyzing the spectral signature of Earth’s atmosphere, so as to characterize the atmospheres of extrasolar planets that could support life. He is enthusiastic about sharing his passion for science with the public.
He has won 2 awards for teaching excellence from the Université de Montréal, for creating an introductory astrobiology course. More recently, he was made a Knight of the Ordre de la Pléiade, an honour conferred on him by the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie, for his contribution to scientific outreach.
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