Merieme Chadid (born October 11, 1969 in Casablanca) is a Moroccan astronomer, explorer and researcher at Dome Charlie, in Antarctica. In 2006 she led an international scientific program to install a major astronomical observatory in the heart of Antarctica.
Interview dr merieme chadid astronomer and explorer sur radiomars
Chadid received her Ph.D from the Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, in 1996, discovering and explaining hypersonic shock waves in pulsating stars. She then joined the Centre national de la recherche scientifique in Montpelier. From 1998 to 2001 she worked on installation of the Very Large Telescope in Chile and in 2002 joined the Conseil national des Astronomes.
In 2006 Chadid lead her first expedition to install telescopes for a new astronomical observatory in the heart of Antarctica. She was the first woman astronomer to set foot in Antarctica and the first to place the Moroccan flag at the South pole.