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Nicolas was born in France, and obtained his undergraduate and graduate
degrees in engineering, and then his Ph.D. degree in Astrophysics in
1997 at the Paris University, Meudon Observatory. Prior to getting his
degree, he spent 2 months at the Big Bear Solar Observatory (Caltech),
and 3 months during two different periods at french observatories.
After getting his degree, he obtained his postdoctoral Fellow position
at the Institute for Astronomy.
is the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope Fellow at the UH Institute for
Astronomy. His main research area is the observation and modelling of
cometary lines at radio wavelengths. Thanks to the millimeter to
submillimeter facilities (JCMT, IRAM, CSO, SEST,...), I have
participated to the first detection of some new cometary molecules, and
I have mostly been working on models to retrieve production rates for
several of these. He is also an exceptional amateur astronomer -- the
kind of who sleeps with his telescope... (but don't really sleep!) -
and since he also likes drawing, he never observes without a pencil and
a sheet of paper. His first astronomical drawing dates back to december
1983, when he started to be interested in astronomy.
He has been practicing amateur Astronomy since 1984, and has won
numerous awards for his efforts, including a 1994 Award from the
``Societe Astronomique de France''. He has also built his own
20 and 26cm telescopes, and is a very active member in the Hawaii