For the second year in a row, a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Institute for Astronomy (IfA) has received the Robert J. Trumpler Award, given by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific to recognize a recent PhD thesis considered unusually important to astronomy. The 2015 recipient is H. Jabran Zahid, who received his PhD in 2014.
Zahid’s thesis work measured the chemical evolution of galaxies using existing and new data from large extragalactic surveys and compared these results with the predictions of cosmological simulations. Highly motivated to understand his observational results from a theoretical perspective, he extended this work by developing the theoretical links between galactic chemical evolution, dust and star formation in galaxies.
IfA Director Guenther Hasinger stated, “Jabran embarked on his PhD thesis with extraordinary drive, innate ability and independence. His thesis work yielded nine first-author refereed journal articles that comprehensively span observations and theory and has already been cited by other researchers over 250 times.”
Zahid is now a Clay Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The 2014 recipient was Brendan P. Bowler, who is now a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology, Joint Center for Planetary Astronomy.