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Astronomy

Genzel named Shaw Prize laureate

At a press conference in Hong Kong, The Shaw Prize Foundation announced The Shaw Laureates for 2008. The Shaw Prize consists of three annual prizes: Astronomy, Life Science and Medicine, and Mathematical Sciences, each prize bearing a monetary award of one million US dollars. This will be the fifth year that the prize has been awarded and the presentation ceremony is scheduled for September 9, 2008.

The prize in Astronomy was awarded to Professor Reinhard Genzel, in recognition of his outstanding contributions in demonstrating that the Milky Way contains a supermassive black hole at its center.

Genzel is currently the Managing Director at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, a Professor in the Physics Department of the University of California, Berkeley, and an Honorary Professor at the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Bonn (FRG) in 1978 and is a Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society.

Genzel has been a long-time contributor to SPIE symposia, and is an author of several papers to be presented at the SPIE Astronomical Instrumentation symposium in Marseille, France, June 23-28.

Shaw Prize announcement.