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The 2022 Prize in Astronomy

Lennart Lindegren
Michael Perryman

for their lifetime contributions to space astrometry, and in particular for their role in the conception and design of the European Space Agency’s Hipparcos and Gaia missions.

 

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Lennart Lindegren<br/>Michael Perryman

The Contribution

The Shaw Prize in Astronomy 2022 is awarded in equal shares to Lennart Lindegren, Professor Emeritus, Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics, Lund Observatory, Lund University, Sweden and Michael Perryman, Adjunct Professor, School of Physics, University College Dublin, Ireland for their lifetime contributions to space astrometry, and in particular for their role in the conception and design of the European Space Agency’s Hipparcos and Gaia missions.
 
Hipparcos, launched in 1989, measured the positions and motions of over 100,000 stars with accuracies two orders of magnitude better than ground-based observatories. Gaia, launched in 2013 and still operating, has measured the positions and motions of billions of stars, quasars and Solar System objects with far higher accuracy. The results from these missions offer an exquisitely detailed portrait of the distribution and properties of the stars in our Galaxy as well as unique insights into its formation and history, and impact almost every branch of astronomy and astrophysics. This award is also intended to honour the much larger community of astronomers and engineers who made Hipparcos and Gaia possible.

 

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About the Laureate  

Lennart Lindegren

Lennart Lindegren was born in 1950 in Sweden and is currently Professor Emeritus of Lund Observatory, Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics at Lund University, Sweden. He received his PhD in 1980 from Lund University. He joined as a member of the teaching staff at Lund University and became Full Professor of Astronomy in 2000, serving until his retirement in 2017. During his time at Lund Observatory, he had served as the Director for six years. He was a member of the European Space Agency’s Hipparcos Science Team (1976–1997) and Gaia Science Advisory Group (1997–2000). He leads the scientific implementation of the Astrometric Global Iterative Solution in the Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium and is also a member of the Gaia Science Team (2001–). He also served as Project Coordinator for the Marie Curie Research Training Network ELSA (2006–2010). He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. 

 

24 May 2022    Hong Kong   

 

 

 

Michael Perryman

Michael Perryman was born in 1954 in Luton, UK and is currently Adjunct Professor, School of Physics at University College Dublin, Ireland. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics in 1976 and obtained a PhD in 1980 from the University of Cambridge, UK. He joined the European Space Agency (ESA) in 1980 and was nominated as Project Scientist (1981–1997) for the Hipparcos mission, and subsequently Study Scientist (1995–2000) and Project Scientist (1995–2008) for the Gaia mission. During his service in ESA, he had been Professor of Astronomy (1993–2009) at Leiden University, The Netherlands. He held a joint position at the University of Heidelberg and the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Germany in 2010. A year later, he joined the University of Bristol, UK as visiting Professor of Physics (2011–2012). He has been Adjunct Professor at the University College Dublin since 2012. 

 

24 May 2022    Hong Kong