Patzer Prize award 2015

December 03, 2015

Last Friday, on November 27, 2015, the solemn ceremony of the Ernst-Patzer Prize for the promotion of young scientists was held in the auditorium of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA). This year, the awards were given to Simon Bihr, Melissa Ness und Jonathan Stern.

The Ernst Patzer Prize was donated by the art-lover and philosopher Ernst Patzer and established by his widow. The Foundation awards its prizes every year to young researchers at MPIA and other institutes in Heidelberg and wishes to support research particularly in the field of Astronomy. The Prizes are honouring the best publications produced in the course of doctoral studies or in the following first postdoc phase. The publications must have been published in a renowned refereed journal.

The selection committee consists of two scientists from MPIA and one additional external scientist from Heidelberg.

This years Patzer prize winners are:

  • Simon Bihr (MPIA-Department Planet- and Star Formation) for his Publication “THOR: The HI, OH, Recombination line survey of the Milky Way: The pilot study: HI observations of the giant molecular cloud W43”, (Bihr et al. 2015, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 580, A112)
  • Melissa Ness (MPIA-Department Galaxies and Cosmology): for her Publication “The CANNON: A data-driven approach to stellar label determination”, Ness et al. 2015, Astrophysical Journal, 808, 16
  • Jonathan Stern (MPIA-Department Galaxies and Cosmology): for his Publication “Spatially resolving the kinematics of the <100 mas quasar broad-line region using spectroastrometry”, Stern et al. 2015, Astrophysical Journal, 804, 57)
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