Mark AllenAstronomer, Director of the CDS
Laurence ArbousseAdministration and Project Support
Matthieu BaumannSoftware engineer
Yann BischSoftware engineer
Thomas BochSoftware engineer
François BonnarelSoftware engineer
Caroline BotAstronomer
Mihaela BugaEngineer (documentation)
Marianne BroutyEngineer (documentation)
Catherine BrunetEngineer (documentation)
Laurent CambrésyAstronomer
Esther CollasEngineer (documentation)
Sébastien DerrièreAstronomer
Aline EiseleAssistant-engineer (documentation)
Pierre FerniqueSoftware engineer
Françoise GenovaAstronomer
Céline HalterCDS Secretary
Gilles LandaisSoftware engineer
Soizick LestevenSoftware engineer
Cécile LoupAstronomer
Katharina LutzPostdoc
Grégory ManteletSoftware engineer
Ada NebotAstronomer
Magali NeuvilleAssistant-engineer (documentation)
Anaïs ObertoSoftware engineer
Pierre OcvirkAstronomer
Emmanuelle PerretEngineer (documentation)
François-Xavier PineauSoftware engineer
Tiphaine PouvreauEngineer (documentation)
André SchaaffSoftware engineer
Arnaud SiebertAstronomer
Evelyne SonAssistant-engineer (documentation)
Yelena SteinPostdoc
Patricia VannierEngineer (documentation)
Bernd VollmerAstronomer
Philippe VonflieTechnician (documentation)
Fabienne MarquisEngineer (documentation)

They took their retirement:
James MarcoutDocumentation
Marie-José WagnerDocumentation
Suzanne LaloeDocumentation
Suzanne Borde (from GEPI, Observatoire de Paris)Documentation
Pascal DuboisAstronomer
Andrea Preite MartinezProfesseur associé, IASF, Roma
Emmanuel Davoust (Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées)Astronomer
Gratiane Chassagnard (Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris)Documentation
Marc WengerSoftware engineer
Chantal BruneauCDS secretary
François OchsenbeinAstronomer


An artist's view of the CDS staff at work.

Other key contributors to the CDS, and especially to the SIMBAD project are:

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
The ADS team (U.S. Simbad gateway)

A long-term collaboration with Mireille Louys (iCUBE, Strasbourg) is also gratefully acknowledged.

Contribution to SIMBAD of B. Skiff, W. Osborn and J. MacConnell is also gratefully aknowledged.


CDS Scientific Council (2019-2021)

  • Stephen Serjeant (Open University, UK) - Chair
  • Patricia Whitelock* (South African Astronomical Observatory & University of Cape Town, Cape Town)
  • Eric Peng (Peking University / Kavli Institute, Beijing)
  • Guido de Marchi (ESA)
  • Michael Sterzik (ESO, Munich)
  • Valerie Connaughton (NASA, Astrophysics Division, Washington DC)
  • Philippe Laudet (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, Paris)
  • Denis Veynante (CNRS)
  • Thierry Forveille (IPAG, Grenoble; Editor, Astronomy & Astrophysics)
  • Franck Le Petit (Observatoire de Paris, Paris)
  • Chiara Ferrari (Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, Nice)
  • Marian Douspis (Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale / OSUPS Université Paris Sud)