National Centre of Competence in Research PlanetS
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Rüfenacht Miriam, Dr.

1.4_project, ETH Zürich, Inst. f. Geochemie und Petrologie, Phase 3 - Domain A - Project 1
8092 Zürich
+41 44 633 89 84

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.
“All said, we can not. Then came a man who did not know that, and did it.” (Hilbert Meyer)

Please describe your job in only one sentence and tell us what the most important goal of this work is.
Investigation of the origin and the evolution of the Solar System with the help of isotope geochemistry.

How did you get into this research/work field?
During my studies, I was mostly interested in the “planetary science” and “isotopes” courses. Thus, I decided to write my Master Thesis in this research field. I was fascinated from the beginning and wanted to know more and more.

What would be the greatest discovery you would like to see in your life time?
Human mission to Mars.

You work for the NCCR PlanetS. What do you think will the NCCR enable you to do you couldn’t do without it?
It enables me to do research and meet people who are interested in the same research field.

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