Toronto (June 19, 2019) – Earlier today, Dr. Bryan Gaensler, Director of the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, was granted the 2019 Peter G. Martin Award for Mid-Career Achievement by the Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA). The event took place at CASCA’s annual general meeting at McGill University in Montreal.
The award is considered to be CASCA’s premier, mid-career honour in Astronomy.
In the tradition of the award, Gaensler accepted by giving a scientific lecture on his work. He spoke about cosmic magnetism – an important part of his research.
“It’s so great to see Bryan recognized in this way,” explained Roberto Abraham, a Dunlap colleague who was among those who nominated Gaensler for the prize. “He has made a huge impact in the field. He’s played a big part in driving the resurgence of radio astronomy in Canada, and he has been a truly inspirational leader for all of us in the astronomical community.”
Gaensler is a leading international researcher in cosmic magnetism, supernova explosions and interstellar gas. Before becoming Dunlap Institute’s director in 2015, Gaensler was Founding Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO). He was also an Australian Laureate Fellow at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy within the School of Physics at The University of Sydney. In 1999, he was named Young Australian of the Year.
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