Andrea Ghez Wins Crafoord Prize in Astronomy

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has selected Andrea Ghez to receive the 2012 Crafoord Prize in Astronomy. Dr. Ghez is a professor of astronomy at the University of California at Los Angeles. She is being honored by the academy for “observations of stars orbiting the galactic center, indicating the presence of a supermassive black hole.”

A native of New York City, Professor Ghez is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She holds a Ph.D. in physics from the California Institute of Technology.

Dr. Ghez will receive the prize, and an accompanying award of 4 million Swedish krona, at a ceremony in Lund this coming May. The ceremony will be attended by the king and queen of Sweden.

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