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 2013.
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 RAS research journals.
Michael Penston Prize
The prize for the best thesis in astronomy and astrophysics is awarded to Dr Joseph Elliston, for the thesis entitled 'Observable predictions of generalised inflationary scenarios'.
Elliston completed his PhD in April 2013 at Queen Mary, University of London, under the supervision of Prof. Reza Tavakol . He is now a postdoctoral researcher at Sussex University.
The runner up was Dr Emma Chapman, of University College London, for the thesis entitled 'The Epoch of Reionization (EoR)'.
Keith Runcorn Prize
The prize for the best thesis in geophysics and planetary science is awarded to Dr Richard Walters, for the thesis entitled 'Geodetic observation and modelling of continental deformation in Iran and Turkey'.
Walters completed his DPhil in January 2013 at the University of Oxford, under the joint supervision of Profs. Barry Parsons, Philip England and Tim Wright (Leeds). He is now a research fellow at the University of Leeds.
The runner up was Dr Alex Chartier, of the University of Bath, for the thesis entitled 'Ionospheric Specification and Forecasting'.
The winners each receive £1,000 and an invitation to present their research to an Ordinary (A&G) Meeting of the RAS. Both winners will speak at the November 2014 Ordinary 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 2014 prizes will be sought in January 2015.