The Jürgen Ehlers Thesis Prize
Deadline extended to 15 Nov 2012
Prof. Jürgen Ehlers
In 2008, the Society instituted a Thesis Prize in memory of
Professor Jürgen Ehlers (1929-2008), a
and a past President of the Society. Professor Ehlers made seminal
contributions to foundations of general relativity, many of its
mathematical aspects and cosmology. He was the founding director of
the Albert Einstein Institute of the Max Planck Society of Germany
and won the Max Planck Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the
German Physical Society.
This prize is sponsored by Springer in honour of Professor Ehlers, who
had a long and fruitful relationship with the publisher as one of the
Founding Editors of the book series Lecture Notes in Physics and as
author of several books. It will be
given during the tri-annual international conferences of the Society
for the best Ph.D. thesis in the areas of mathematical and numerical
general relativity. The recipient will receive a cheque for US $ 1500
and a certificate.
The first prize was awarded during GR19 in Mexico City.
governance can be summarized as follows. The
deadline for receipt of the nomination packet is Novmeber 15,
2012. The nominator must be a member of the International Society on
General Relativity and Gravitation and can make at most one
nomination. The nominee need not be a member of the Society but the
official defense must have taken place between September 1, 2009 and
August 31, 2012. The nomination package will consist of:
i) A nomination letter summarizing the main results and their
importance and elaborating student's role in case of joint work.
ii) A PDF file or four hard copies of the thesis (one for each
committee member). Copies of published papers that constitute the
thesis can be submitted in lieu of the thesis.
iii) A CV and the publication list of the nominee.
iv) An official University document showing the date of the
successful Ph.D. defense. (This can be sent later, if not available by September 30th, 2012.)
v) One or two letters in support from experts if the nominator is a
supervisor of the Ph.D. thesis.
The primary criteria for selection will be the high quality of
scientific results, creativity and originality, and the significance
of results to the broad area of the prize. The winner for each prize
will be chosen by a committee of leading international experts in
the field approximately six months before the GR19 conference in
Mexico City. This will provide the winners ample time to plan travel
to the conference. (In exceptional cases, the Executive committee of
the GRG Society may allow the prize to be given in absentia.)
Electronic nominations are preferred. The nomination packet should
be sent to:
Prof. Bernd Brügmann, c/o Renate Wagner
Mailing address for hard copies:
Theoretical Physics Institute
University of Jena
07743 Jena, Germany
Ehlers Prize Recipients
2010, Nicholas Yunes , thesis institution: Pennsylvania State University