THE SHAW PRIZE IN ASTRONOMY 2021


is awarded in equal shares to

VICTORIA M KASPI

CHRYSSA KOUVELIOTOU


for their contributions to our understanding of magnetars, a class of highly magnetised neutron stars that are linked to a wide range of spectacular, transient astrophysical phenomena. Through the development of new and precise observational techniques, they confirmed the existence of neutron stars with ultra-strong magnetic fields and characterised their physical properties. Their work has established magnetars as a new and important class of astrophysical objects.

 

1 June 2021