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Prof. Gombosi receives International Kristian Birkeland Medal for work in space weather

Posted: November 9, 2018

Prof. Gombosi receives International Kristian Birkeland Medal for work in space weather US Ambassador Ronald J. Gidwitz (l); Prof. Tamas Gombosi (c); Hungarian Ambassador Tamás Iván Kovács (r)

This past Monday Prof. Tamas Gombosi was awarded the 2017 International Kristian Birkeland Medal for his outstanding scientific results in the field of space weather. Prof. Gombosi received the medal in a ceremony at the 15th annual European Space Weather Week conference in Leuven, Belgium. The medal was presented by Hungarian Ambassador Tamás Iván Kovács and US Ambassador Ronald J. Gidwitz.

The award was created by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in the memory of Prof. Olaf Kristian Bernhard Birkeland, professor of physics at The Royal Frederik University (now the University of Oslo) in Kristiania (now Oslo), Norway during the late 19th century.

According to the website:

“The recipient of the Kristian Birkeland Medal must have demonstrated a unique ability to combine basic and applied research to develop useful space weather or space climate products that are being used outside the research community, and/or across scientific research disciplines. The work must have led to a better physical comprehension of the solar-terrestrial phenomena related to space weather and space climate, to a drastic improvement of space weather and space climate modeling, or to a new generation of instruments.”

 

Congratulations, Prof. Gombosi!