Chris Kochanek Awarded the 2020 AAS Dannie Heineman Prize
Christopher Kochanek, professor and Ohio Eminent Scholar in the Department of Astronomy, has won the 2020 Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics, awarded jointly by the American Institute of Physics and the American Astronomical Society to recognize outstanding mid-career work in the field of astrophysics.
Kochanek was recognized with the Heineman Prize for his research into supernovae and black hole formation and his work building a worldwide network of telescopes through the All-Sky Automated Survey for Supernovae (ASAS-SN). The citation reads:
"The 2020 Dannie Heineman Prize is awarded to Christopher Kochanek, who has combined observations and theory to make outstanding contributions to astrophysics in topics ranging from the use of gravitational lenses for studies of dark matter halos and quasar accretion disks, to the lives and deaths of massive stars and the evolution of stellar populations in galaxies and quasars. He has also contributed to a worldwide network of telescopes that monitors transients over the entire sky, opening new avenues for astronomical discovery."