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Bruno Rossi prize

The Bruno Rossi Prize

The Bruno Rossi Prize is awarded annually in honor of Bruno Rossi "for a significant contribution to High Energy Astrophysics, with particular emphasis on recent, original work."

The prize includes a $1500 cash award, a citation, and an invited lecture by the recipient at a meeting of the Division. This is usually a plenary talk given at the winter meeting of the AAS. 

The 2023 Prize Winner: Anatoly Spitkovsky

The 2023 Bruno Rossi Prize has been awarded to Anatoly Spitkovsky for his pioneering numerical simulations of collisionless shocks, particle acceleration by shocks and magnetic reconnection, and pulsar magnetospheres and their electromagnetic radiation.  Please see the HEAD Press Release for more information.

Citations of previous Rossi prize winners

Nomination Process

A nomination for the prize may be made by any member of the Division.  Selection of the prize recipient will be made by the full Executive Committee of the Division. Nomination of individuals (rather than teams) is encouraged.

The Deadline for nominations for the 2023 Bruno Rossi Prize is October 15, 2023.

Nomination Package

A complete Rossi prize nomination consists of the following items: 

  1. A Nominee Qualification letter evaluating the qualifications of the nominee/s and including a suggested citation.
  2. An abbreviated curriculum vitae (CV) for the nominee/s (please, no more than 5 pages).
  3. A publication list of important publications. Please include links for one or two with key relevance for the nomination.
  4. Up to three supporting letters may be submitted. These are optional and not restricted to members.

Submission of the Nomination Package

Nominations should be submitted by e-mail to the HEAD secretary. All submitted documents in the nomination package should be in pdf format. 

Nomination Period

Prize nominations generally remain valid for a period of three years, including the original year in which the candidate was nominated. For example, a person nominated in 2018 is eligible for the 2019, 2020, and 2021 Prize.


Selection of the prize recipient will be made by the full, unconflicted, membership of the Executive Committee of the Division.