Accademia dei Lincei gives awards to astronomy
On the occasion of the closing ceremony of the academic year of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, the 2014 awards were handed out in the presence of the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano. This year, the world’s most ancient scientific academy chose to award four Italian astronomers, three of whom are associated with National Institute of astrophisics (INAF).
The “Prof. Luigi Tartufari” award for Astronomy – worth 25,000 euro – was assigned to two researchers: Enrico Maria Corsini – working at the Department of Physics and Astronomy “Galileo Galilei” of the University of Padua, INAF associate – for his studies on the structure of galaxies and their dark matter content and Andrea Lapi – working at the University of Rome Tor Vergata – for his studies on theoretical astrophysics of black holes, galaxy formation, black matter and galaxy clusters carried out in cooperation with Alfonso Cavaliere and the team of scientists of SISSA in Trieste lead by Luigi Danese.
This year, the award “Maria Teresa Messori Roncaglia e Eugenio Mari” – worth 10,000 euro – was assigned to a scientist, Andrea Comastri, INAF associate at the Astronomic Observatory of Bologna, whose research activity focused on X-ray astronomy applied to extragalactic objects.
Last but not least, the “Dott. Giuseppe Borgia” Foundation award for Astronomy – worth 10,000 euro – went to Franco Vazza – researcher at the Hamburg Observatory, INAF associate – for the results achieved in the field of the formation of galaxy clusters by high-resolution numerical simulations.
“Awarding prizes to these brilliant researchers” – the academic Francesco Bertola commented – “is also a recognition to the generation of young astronomers who have contributed to the international success of Italian astronomy”.