Ralph Wijers#


Ralph Wijers
Email:r.a.m.j.wijers 'at' uva.nl
Membership Number:4674
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:THE NETHERLANDS
Section:EARTH & COSMIC SCIENCES
Username:rwijers
Elected:2018
Homepage: http://api.uva.nl/profile/w/i/r.a.m.j.wijers/r.a.m.j.wijers.html


Present and Previous Positions
  • 2011 - present Director, Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy, University of Amsterdam
  • 2017 - present Adjunct Professor,George Washington University, Washington D.C.
  • 2002 - present Professor of High-energy Astrophysics, University of Amsterdam
  • 2002 - 2007 Adjunct Professor, Stonybrook University, USA
  • 1998 - 2002 Assistant Professor, Stonybrook University,USA
  • 1997 - 1998 Senior Research Associate, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University (UK) (on 5-year Royal Society Fellowship)
  • 1994 - 1997 Research Associate, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University (UK) (on 5-year Royal Society Fellowship)
  • 1991 - 1994 Research Associate, Princeton University (with NASA Compton Fellowship), USA

Fields of Scholarship
  • Astrophysics
  • High-Energy astrophysics
  • Relativistic astrophysics
  • X-ray astronomy
  • Gamma-Ray astronomy
  • Radio astronomy
  • Physics of neutron stars and black holes
  • Stellar evolution
  • Astroparticle physics

Honours and Awards
  • 2014 Invited participant and invited speaker at 26th Solvay Conference on Physics: “Astrophysics and Cosmology”, Brussels
  • 2010 ERC Advanced Investigator Grant (3.5 MEuro), for developing LOFAR transient detection techniques
  • 2004 VICI Grant (most prestigious grant of the Netherlands Research Council NWO; 5 years funding to build a team; 1.5 MEuro)
  • 2003 Member, International Astronomical Union (elected)
  • 2002 EU Descartes Prize (500 000,- Euro) for the GRACE collaboration for GRB optical observations co-led by Wijers and J. Hjorth
  • 1997 Royal Society Fellowship (5 years research funding at Cambridge University, UK)
  • 1991 NASA Compton Fellowship (prestigious 3 years postdoctoral position, used at Princeton University)

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