Winners of the RAS thesis prizes
The RAS is pleased to announce the winners of its prizes for the best PhD theses completed in the UK during 2012.
Two prizes are awarded annually: the Michael Penston Prize for the best thesis in astronomy and astrophysics, and the Keith Runcorn Prize for the best thesis in geophysics and planetary science. The prizes are sponsored by Oxford University Press (OUP), who also publish the Society's research journals.
Michael Penston Prize
The prize for the best thesis in astronomy and astrophysics is awarded to Dr Adam Ingram, for the thesis entitled 'A physical model for the variability properties of X-ray binaries'.
Ingram completed his PhD in September 2012 at the University of Durham, under the supervision of Prof. Chris Done. He is now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Amsterdam.
The runner up was Dr Stephen Feeney, of University College London, for the thesis entitled 'Novel algorithms for early universe cosmology'.
Keith Runcorn Prize
The prize for the best thesis in geophysics and planetary science is awarded to Dr Sudipta Sarkar, for the thesis entitled 'Glacial stratigraphy, gas-escape features and ocean fine-structures from multichannel high resolution reflection seismic data offshore West Svalbard'.
Sarkar completed his PhD in December 2012 at the University of Southampton. He will shortly take up a position as a postdoctoral researcher at the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel, Germany.
The runner up was Dr Nicholas Johnson, of the University of Edinburgh, for the thesis entitled 'Magnetotelluric studies of the crust and upper mantle in a zone of active continental breakup, Afar, Ethiopia'.
The winners each receive £1,000 and an invitation to present their research to an Ordinary (A&G) Meeting of the RAS. It is anticipated that Dr Sarkar will speak at the November 2013 meeting and Dr Ingram at the December meeting. The runners up each receive a £50 book token from OUP. Profiles of the winners and runners up will appear in a forthcoming issue of Astronomy & Geophysics.
Nominations for the 2013 prizes will be sought in January 2014.