Martin Bucher

School of Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville Campus, Durban, South Africa


Département de Physique, Ecole Normale Supérieure and Laboratoire APC, Université Paris 7/CNRS, Paris, France


  • 1990, Ph.D. Physics, California Institute of Technology, United States
  • 1986, B.A. Physics, University of California at Berkeley 
  • 1990-1991 J.D. Programme, Hastings College of the Law, University of California, San Francisco

Employment History:

  • Directeur de recherche au CNRS (2004 – present), Paris, France (since 2004) presently assigned to Laboratoire APC (Astroparticule et Cosmologie), Université Paris 7
  • Fractional (20%) Research Professor of Mathematics (since 2018) Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science , UKZN Westville
  • Honorary Professor of Mathematics (since 2011-2017) Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science, UKZN Westville
  • SW Hawking Fellow of Mathematical Sciences (2000-2004) College Lecturer and Staff Fellow, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England
  • Postdoctoral researcher (1998-2000), Relativity Group, DAMTP, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England
  • Postdoctoral researcher, 1996-1998 CN Yang Institute of Theoretical Physics, SUNY, Stony Brook, New York
  • Research staff, 1994-1996, Physics Department, Princeton University, USA
  • Postdoctoral researcher, 1992-1994, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey


  • Member, Academy of Science of South Africa (2019)
  • EPS Giuseppe and Vanna Cocconi Prize (2019, awarded to Planck Team)
  • Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship (2019)
  • Royal Astronomical Society Astronomy Group Achievement Award (2018, Planck Team)
  • Gruber Prize in Cosmology (2018, awarded to Planck Team)
  • Stephen Hawking Fellowship in Mathematical Sciences (2000)

Research Interests

Bucher has worked on a broad range of topics in high-energy theoretical physics, general relativity, theoretical cosmology, and observational cosmology. Bucher played a key role in the European Space Agency Planck space mission, which surveyed the microwave sky in temperature and polarization. Bucher is presently very excited about the UKZN-led HIRAX experiment and the Square Kilometer Array (see SKA South Africa and SKA France).

Bucher has 172 publications (see below) and an H-index of 62. Bucher has a B1 NRF rating.