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Bruno Rossi prize


The Deadline for nominations for the 2019 Bruno Rossi Prize (October 15, 2018) has now passed.  Our thanks to everyone who submitted nominations.


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 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. 

2018 Prize Winner: The 2018 Bruno Rossi Prize has been awarded to Dr.Colleen Wilson-Hodge and the Fermi GBM Team, "for the discovery of Gamma-rays coincident with a neutron-star merger gravitational wave event. This confirmed that short gamma-ray bursts are produced by binary neutron-star mergers and enabled a global multi-wavelength follow-up campaign."  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 to the Secretary of the Division by October 15, and selection of the prize recipient will be made by the full Executive Committee of the Division. Nomination of individuals (rather than teams) is encouraged.

Nomination Package

A complete Rossi prize nomination consists of the following items: 

  1. A 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.

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.