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Michael E. Brown

Born: c. 1965

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Astronomer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Explorer of trans-Neptunian space

Co-Discoverer (with C. A. Trujillo) of Quaoar in 2002, perhaps the object in the solar system with the most unusual orbit, and 2003 UB313, nicknamed "Xena", an object in trans-Neptunian space which is larger than Pluto. The presence of such things in the solar system means Pluto's acceptance in the canon of planets will be called into question.

Wife: Diane Binney (one daughter)
Daughter: Lilah

    University: BA Physics, Princeton University (1987)
    University: MS Astronomy, University of California at Berkeley (1990)
    University: PhD Astronomy, University of California at Berkeley (1994)

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