Dr. Jo Bovy Wins 2019 Warner Prize



(January 8, 2020) – Dr. Jo Bovy has been awarded the 2019 Helen B. Warner Prize for his contribution to our understanding of the structure and dynamics of the Milky Way.

Bovy, an Associate at the Dunlap Institute and Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Galactic Astrophysics at the David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto, received the prize Monday in Honolulu. It is awarded annually by the American Astronomical Society in recognition of researchers who have made significant contributions to astronomy early in their careers.

He says he’s honoured to be recognized for his work. “It’s rewarding to see my approach for interpreting large data sets appreciated in this way by the community,” Bovy says. “I’m grateful to my colleagues and my collaborators in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey for their invaluable help and support in this work.”

Bovy served as the Science Working Group Chair for the APOGEE survey, which uses high-resolution, high signal-to-noise infrared spectroscopy to investigate the structure of the bulge and disk regions of the Milky Way. He is the former recipient of Vera Rubin Early Career Award, as well as a 2016 recipient of the Sloan Fellowship.

The Warner Prize is considered a major early career prize for astronomers and astrophysicists in North America.

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