Prize Winners 2013
EARLY CAREER RESEARCHER MERAC PRIZES 2013
Theoretical Astrophysics: Dr. Gabriella de Lucia
of the Astronomical Observatory of Trieste
for her work on the theoretical modelling of galaxy formation and evolution which has reshaped understanding of the physical processes that drive galaxy evolution and their dependency on the environment in which galaxies reside.
Observational Astrophysics: Dr. Elisabetta Caffau
of the Centre for Astronomy of Heidelberg University
for the discovery of a very primitive low-mass star in our galaxy whose chemical composition has changed views on stellar formation in the early galaxy and has spurred innovative ideas about the formation of the first stars in the early universe.
New Technologies: Dr. Justin Read
of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH)
for his high impact research in computational astrophysics and cosmology developing a new method that improves substantially SPH, one of the major numerical techniques used to solve the hydro dynamical equations.