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Simon White wins Shaw Prize

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 May 2017 10:12
Published on Thursday, 25 May 2017 09:52

Shaw Prize Medal smallProf Simon White, a director of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching, Germany, has won the Shaw Prize for Astronomy. The Prize, considered to be 'the Nobel of the East', recognises the achievements of the world's leading scientists.

 

Prof White is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and has worked for 25 years as an editor on our journal, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

 

Professor John Zarnecki, RAS President, said:

"Simon's work underpins much of modern cosmology, our model for how the universe we live in came to be, a cosmos shaped by dark energy and dark matter, as well as the stars and galaxies we see in the night sky. On behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society, I'd like to warmly congratulate Simon for all that he has done, and wish him well in his continued work in pushing the boundaries of astrophysics."

 


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