Chad Trujillo

Chad Trujillo
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Born (1973-11-22) November 22, 1973 (age 45)
EducationMassachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Hawaii
Known forDiscovery of Eris, Sedna and other trans-Neptunian objects
Scientific career
FieldsPlanetary astronomy
InstitutionsGemini Observatory
Northern Arizona University

Chadwick A. "Chad" Trujillo (born November 22, 1973) is an American astronomer, discoverer of minor planets and the co-discoverer of Eris, the most massive dwarf planet known in the Solar System.[1][2]

Trujillo works with computer software and has examined the orbits of the numerous trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs), which is the outer area of the Solar System that he specialized in. In late August 2005, it was announced that Trujillo, along with Michael Brown and David Rabinowitz, had discovered Eris in 2003.[2] As a result of the discovery of the satellite Dysnomia, Eris was the first TNO known to be more massive than Pluto.[3]


Trujillo attended Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois. He received his B.Sc. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995, and was a member of the Xi chapter of Tau Epsilon Phi, and received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Hawaii in 2000.

Between 2000 and 2003 Trujillo was a postdoctoral scholar at Caltech. In 2003, he started working as an astronomer at the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii.[4]

In 2013 Trujillo became head of the Adaptive Optics/Telescope Department at the Gemini Observatory, and continued until 2016. As of 2016, Trujillo is assistant professor at the department of Physics & Astronomy at Northern Arizona University.[5]

He studies the Kuiper belt and the outer Solar System.

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