Connie Aerts, an astronomer at the University of Leuven, was officially awarded the Kavli Prize for Astrophysics in the Norwegian capital of Oslo today. The Kavli Prize is the second largest scientific award after the Nobel Prizes. Aertes shares the €1 million prize with American Roger Ulrich and Danny Jürgen Christensen-Dalsgaard.
At the beginning of June, it was already announced that the trio had been awarded the Kavli Prize, but today the official ceremony in Oslo was part of the programme. Aertes is the first Belgian to win the award. They are commended with Ulrich and Christensen-Dalsgaard for their work which formed the basis for the current theory of star structures.
The Kavli Prize is awarded every two years. Aside from astrophysics, there are two other categories: nanosciences and neurosciences.
Arts is best known for its research on stars that are hotter and more massive than the Sun. Developed intelligent analysis methods to characterize measured stellar vibrations. Ayerse and her research group have been pioneering in developing methods for modeling vibration patterns in rapidly rotating stars, which led to the first quantitative estimates of their core’s mass and internal rotation. Her team’s findings led to significant improvements in the theory of stellar evolution.
In 2012, the astronomer was awarded the Francqui Prize, an important Belgian award. In 2020, the Scientific Research Fund Excellence Award in the Physical Sciences followed.
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