Cosmoparticle Initiative


Andrew Pontzen awarded Royal Astronomical Society Gerald Whitrow Lectureship for 2020

25 March 2021

The Cosmoparticle Initiative congratulates Andrew Pontzen on the award of the Gerald Whitrow lectureship in the Royal Astronomical Society 2020 Awards and Honours

Andrew Pontzen

The Gerald Whitrow Lecture is delivered every two years by a distinguished and eloquent speaker on any topic in cosmology, including its philosophy, and is delivered during an Ordinary Meeting of the RAS.  Professor Andrew Pontzen was awarded the lectureship for his exceptionally creative and innovative work in a variety of fields, from the dynamics of galaxy formation and evolution to the dynamics of general relativity and cosmological perturbations, as well as in the study of the nature of dark matter and dark energy.

The full citation for the award can be read here.

The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) awards 2 further lectureships which are given annually.  This year, the bicentenary of the RAS foundation, saw all 3 awards being made to UCL MAPS academics; the George Darwin lecture was awarded to Cosmoparticle Steering Group member Professor Ofer Lahav, and the James Dungey lecture to Professor Sarah Matthews.

Andrew Pontzen delivered the Gerald Whitrow lecture on ‘Dwarf galaxies in Cosmology’.

Watch the full Lecture here  (5.20mins in).

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  • MAPS news of all 3 awards  here
  • More about Professor Andrew Pontzen  here