14 January 2016

Roger Blandford receives 2016 Crafoord Prize in Astronomy

The astrophysicist and Humboldtian Roger Blandford to be awarded the 2016 Crafoord Prize in Astronomy by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation congratulates Humboldt Research Award Winner Roger Blandford on being selected by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences to receive the 2016 Crafoord Prize in Astronomy. Blandford will receive the award together with Roy Kerr, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, “for fundamental work concerning rotating black holes and their astrophysical consequences”, the Academy announced today.

Roger Blandford is Luke Blossom Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University, California, USA, and a member of the Physics Department. He is also professor at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and director of the Particle Physics and Astrophysics Directorate of the Kavli Institute of Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, an independent laboratory at Stanford University. In 2011 Blandford received the Humboldt Research Award which led him to the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching outside Munich for research stays in 2011 and 2014. His research focus includes cosmology, black hole astrophysics, gravitational lensing and galaxies. Together with Roman Znajek he described in 1977 what has become known as the Blandford-Znajek Process, a mechanism for extracting energy from a rotating black hole using electromagnetism.

The Crafoord Prize comes with six million Swedish krona, some €650,000. The prize money is shared equally between the Laureates. The Crafoord Prize in Astronomy will be awarded on 26 May 2016 in the presence of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden at a special ceremony being held in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.


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