Biographical Note of Professor Victoria KASPI

Professor Victoria Kaspi is a Professor of Physics at McGill University, where she holds the Lorne Trottier Chair in Astrophysics and Cosmology, and a Canada Research Chair in Observational Astrophysics. She is also Director of McGill Space Institute. She received a BSc (Honours) in Physics from McGill University in 1989, and an MA and PhD in Physics from Princeton University in 1991 and 1993 respectively.

Professor Kaspi uses techniques of radio and X-ray astronomy to study rapidly rotating, highly magnetized neutron stars. She has done significant work involving radio pulsars and magnetars. More specifically, she has contributed among other things to the study of binary pulsar dynamics, the neutron star population, as well as the study of magnetars, the most highly magnetized objects known in the Universe.

Professor Kaspi has received numerous awards and honours, including the Killam Prize in 2015, NSERC’s John C Polanyi Award in 2011, the Prix du Quebec in 2009 and the Harvard University Sackler Lectureship in 2009. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Royal Society of London, and elected to the US National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.