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Dos Santos Leonardo, Mr.

Planetary Atmospheres, Université de Genève, Département d'Astronomie
PhD Student
1290 Versoix
+41 22 379 24 00

Please give us a personal quote or a quote of a famous person (e.g. of Albert Einstein) that describes you and your life/work.
“You see but you do not observe. The distinction is clear.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Please describe your job in only one sentence and tell us what the most important goal of this work is.
I use computers and telescopes on Earth and in space to study the atmospheres of stars and exoplanets. Our most important objective is to find a planet that is similar to the Earth.

How did you get into this research/work field?
I was always fascinated by how stars work, since my childhood. The interest in planets came a bit later, especially after the discovery of thousands of them by the Kepler satellite. It is like having a whole new universe to explore!

What would be the greatest discovery you would like to see in your life time?
It would be cool if we made a breakthrough technological discovery that would allow us to take very detailed pictures of the nearest stars and planets. Also, faster-than-light travel would be a nice addition, but I’m not holding my breath for that.

You work for the NCCR PlanetS. What do you think will the NCCR enable you to do you couldn’t do without it?
I come from Brazil, where we have very few people working on exoplanets and the research groups are small. Working in a big group such as NCCR PlanetS allows me to make many significant contributions to exoplanet science and collaborate in more projects than I would otherwise be able to.

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