Awards and Honors
Astronomer Piero Madau selected to receive
Humboldt Research Award
By Tim Stephens
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of
Germany has selected Piero Madau, professor of astronomy and
astrophysics, to receive a prestigious Humboldt Research Award.
The Humboldt Research Awards are given to internationally recognized
scholars outside Germany in honor of their lifetime achievements
in research. Award winners are invited to carry out research
projects of their own choice with colleagues at German research
Madau said he will use the award to conduct research in theoretical
cosmology at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching,
Germany. Madau's research addresses key events in the early
evolution of the universe, including the dawn of galaxies, the
formation and evolution of the first massive black holes, and
the reionization and metal enrichment of the intergalactic medium.
The detailed history of the universe during these early formative
stages remains one of the crucial missing links in studies of
galaxy formation and evolution.
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