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Pioneering work in time-domain astronomy is an important achievement, and one Polish astronomer has been rewarded for it with the Karl Schwarzschild Medal of the German Astronomical Society (Astronomische Gesellschaft). The lucky man is Professor Andrzej Udalski from the Warsaw University Observatory.
Announced during the International Astronomical Union
The decision has been announced during the Vienna General Assembly from the International Astronomical Union. The reward was added for Prof. Udalski’s pioneering achievements in developing “time domain astronomy”.
The chairman of the German Astronomical Society, Prof. Joachim Wambsganss, offered more details about the Polish astronomer’s work:
Andrzej Udalski essentially enriched almost all areas of astronomy. For over 25 years he has lead the OGLE [Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment] project, which from the moment it was created, is one of the biggest surveys of the sky’s variability and a laboratory of pioneering research in time domain astronomy.
The discoveries of Udalski include exoplanets with microlensing gravitational effect and transit methods, and also research for different types of variable stars. By the astronomer’s work, new important data was found about the Milky Way’s structure, as well as quasars, and other galaxies.
Who is Andrzej Udalski
Andrzej Udalski was born in 1957 in Łódź, Poland, and besides being an astronomer and astrophysicist, he’s director of the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Warsaw. We also have to mention that Udalski is also head of the Department of Observational Astrophysics from the Astronomical Observatory, editor of the quarterly journal Acta Astronomica, and the head and project manager of the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment.