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Astronomy Director Awarded Schwarzschild Prize

Posted on | September 25, 2009 | Comments Off

Ralph-Juergen Dettmar, president of the Astronomische Gesellschaft, left, presented the Karl-Schwarzschild-Medal to Rolf-Peter Kudritzki. Photo by Rainer Arlt.

Ralph-Juergen Dettmar, president of the Astronomische Gesellschaft, left, presented the Karl-Schwarzschild-Medal to Rolf-Peter Kudritzki. Photo by Rainer Arlt.

Mānoa Director of the Institute for Astronomy Rolf-Peter Kudritzki was awarded the Karl Schwarzschild Prize for 2009, the most prestigious award bestowed upon an astronomer in Germany, from the Astronomische Gesellschaft (German Astronomical Society) at its annual meeting in Potsdam, Germany. As the recipient of the prize, Kudritzki gave the Karl Schwarzschild Lecture, “Dissecting Galaxies with the Brightest Stars in the Universe,” in which he explained how studying very bright stars in distant galaxies can help us understand both the chemical composition of the galaxies and their distance from us. The lecture will be published in the journal Astronomische Nachrichten (Astronomical Notes) and in Reviews of Modern Astronomy.

Kudritzki also gave the public lecture, “Killer Asteroids, Supernovae and the Dark Side of the Universe,” in Berlin. This talk discussed the ambitious UH Pan-STARRS project, which will survey the whole sky for 10 years.

Before becoming director of the IfA in 2000, Kudritzki was an astronomy professor and director of the Munich University Observatory. He is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences and was designated a highly cited author of the Science Citation Index in 2006. His research interests include the study of the largest, hottest stars in our galaxy and beyond.

Read the news release.

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