Hasinger hired to direct Institute for Astronomy

January 3rd, 2011  |  by  |  Published in People

Gunther Hasinger

Hasinger

Former Max-Planck Institute astrophysicist and Fate of the Universe author Günther Hasinger begins duties as director of the Institute for Astronomy on Jan. 2, 2010.

A leader in the field of X-ray astronomy and black holes, Hasinger has been instrumental in the operation of X-ray satellites and the development of future observatories.

His studies, which resolved cosmic X-ray background radiation into discrete objects identified mainly as active black holes in distant galaxies, showed that the cosmological evolution of active galactic nuclei (the centers of galaxies that emit much more radiation than can be produced by stars alone) is closely associated with the star-forming history of galaxies in the universe and that black holes are likely motors for the development of galaxies.

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