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Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research

Research Medal Award Winner

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Nick Kaiser

Nicholas Kaiser is an astronomer at the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

Kaiser has performed research mostly in the field of observational cosmology. His first contribution, at a time of revolution in the subject, was on theoretical interpretation of fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background. He played a significant role in developing what is now the standard model for cosmological structure formation, having elucidated the phenomenon of “biased galaxy clustering” and other effects. He then went on to advance several other essential probes of cosmology, including cosmic flows, galaxy clustering and gravitational lensing.

After arriving at UH Manoa in 1997, his focus moved to developing wide-field telescopes, and he has been the principle investigator of the university’s Pan-STARRS project. He has been recognized with several awards and is a fellow of the Royal Society.

The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research is awarded by the Board of Regents in recognition of scholarly contributions that expand the boundaries of knowledge and enrich the lives of students and the community. The board also awards the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching.

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