Scientist recognised with international physics prize

A University of Birmingham physicist has been awarded a prestigious prize for his contributions to gravitational wave research.

Dr Davide Gerosa , an early career researcher in the University’s School of Physics and Astronomy , was recognised by the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation in their 2020 awards.

He receives the Society’s flagship Young Scientist Prize, awarded only to researchers with fewer than 8 years’ experience working in their field. Nominees for the prize are expected to have displayed significant achievement and exceptional promise for future achievements in relativity and gravitation.

Dr Gerosa was commended for his ‘outstanding contributions to gravitational-wave astrophysics, including new tests of general relativity’.

A member of the University of Birmingham’s Gravitational Waves Institute, Dr Gerosa studies the impact of Einstein’s general relativity on the astrophysical world. His particular research interests include astrophysical inference with gravitational-wave sources, black-hole binary spin dynamics, black-hole recoils, accretion disks and tests of general relativity.

“This is a truly exciting time for gravitational-wave astronomy, a golden age of discoveries,” says Dr Gerosa. “It’s a huge privilege to be working in this field. I would like to thank all my supervisors and mentors for their invaluable support in these past years - this is their prize as well."

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