Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy

Selma de Mink wins MERAC Early Career Researcher prize

7 April 2017

Astronomer Selma de Mink from the University of Amsterdam has won the 2017 MERAC Prize for Best Early Career Researcher in the field of theoretical astrophysics.

The prize, which is awarded by the European Astronomical Society, consists of € 20,000 and an invitation to give a plenary lecture at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS) to be held in Prague at the end of June.

Refreshing ideas

Selma de Mink is leader of a research group that studies the life of double stars and the emergence of black holes. The MERAC Prize jury praises De Mink for her refreshing ideas about the role massive double stars play in so-called globular clusters.

Earlier this year, in January, De Mink received media attention as part of an international team of astronomers that explained the chameleon-like behaviour of a supernova. And in February it was announced that she was invited to give a plenary lecture at the conference of the American Physical Society in Washington DC as recipient of the Beller Lectureship.

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