The U.S. Embassy in Athens sent its congratulations to Northwestern University astrophysicist, Vicky Kalogera, for winning the 2016 Hans A. Bethe Prize from the American Physics Society (APS).
The top-level astrophysics and nuclear physics prize recognizes outstanding work in theory, experiment or observation in the areas of astrophysics, nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics or closely related fields. Kalogera’s research focuses on the physics of compact astrophysical objects: white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes. She is particularly interested in binary systems, where two stars orbit each other. She studies how such systems are born, how they evolve and how their lives end.
“It’s a humbling honor to receive this award,” said Kalogera. “Many of the past recipients are giants in the field, people whose work I have admired and read about since I first started learning about astrophysics and nuclear physics.”