I was born in France, near Paris, in a place that, unless you've lived there, you've never heard of, in July 1966, exactly 24 years after the french government of the time organized one of the most shamefull operations of its collaboration with the nazi administration, namely the "rafle du vel'd'hiv", where thousands of french citizens that happened to be of jewish religion got arrested by the french police and were sent to extermination camps in Germany, and also exactly 3 years before the lift-off of the Saturn V rocket that landed a man on the Moon. Curiously, these two events have a special meaning in my life.
Both my parents were scientist so you may think there is some sort of determinism at work, but that's not the case: my sister is working in environment-related fields while my brother is trying to make a name for himself in the music world in NYC...
In fact, I remember that, up to when I was 14, when asked by my teachers what I wished to do for work, I would come up with any answers, from fireman (like every boy), to horse rider (although I'm scared to death by horses), to doctor (I no longer faint at the sight of my own blood but I still do not appreciate gory details)... anything that could fly through my mind. I simply had no idea of what I would like to do later.
Then, when I was 15 or so, my father took me at an "open gate" day in his university, and I got the chance to see a conference by Andre Brahic on the Voyager missions. And then I knew. I had always been fascinated by Science-Fiction, and this was the way, the only one, to go there. And so that's how I became an astronomer. I should mention that I belong to the second class of astronomer: those that have never looked at the sky through the eyepiece of a telescope (the first class is comprised of those who were born with a telescope in their hands). It is thus no surprise that I work mostly on satellite data!
Once I knew, everything was simple, and I got lucky. I did my PhD with Laurent Vigroux and Trinh X. Thuan on the IRAS emission of normal galaxies and the Magellanic clouds. I spent 15 months in Hawaii at CFHT as a coopérant (that was my military service, I told you I got lucky!). And then I came back to France and got a job at Service d'Astrophysique, in Saclay.
Although I enjoy doing what I do, I have other occupations, such as rock climbing as you may guess from the picture on the left. It was taken by Andreas Vögler at the Gorges de la Jonte, a stunning place (I did not climb the cliff you see in the back, it is way too hard for me now...). I also play the drums, all sorts of drums and right now I concentrate on Djembe, an african, hand-played drum.
I also do stranger things... For instance I will let you decide what was happening to me when these pictures were taken.
No, these images were not taken while I was in the space shuttle's toilets, but rather as I was making my first experience of Thierry Foglizzo's Space Chair.
Now you know me a little better and at least, you'll be able to tell me from the other Marc Sauvage that are there on this world. There's a Marc Sauvage who's an artist in australia, and another one who just recently moved in the street that my parents lived in right before I was born, humm spooky....
Back to the index or visit some of my friends on the net, Vassilis Charmandaris, Jean-Luc Starck, Andreas Vögler, Hervé Aussel...(more to come when I find their home page).