Fellows of the International Society on General
Relativity and Gravitation
Selected in 2010
Prof. Alessandra Buonanno
University of Maryland, USA
Citation: For leading advances in the theory of general relativistic twobody dynamics and the production and detection of gravitational waves.
Dr. Alejandro Corichi
UNAMMorella, Mexico
Citation: For his significant contributions to loop quantum gravity and his leadership in numerous initiatives for the international gravity community.
Prof. Gabriela Gonzalez
Louisiana State University, USA
Citation: For her outstanding contributions to the gravitational wave science and leadership in the LIGO Collaboration.
Prof. James Hough
University of Glasgow, U.K.
Citation: For outstanding contributions in gravitational wave detection.
Prof. Donald Marolf
University of California / Santa Barbara, USA
Citation: For a broad range of insightful contributions to quantum gravity and quantum field theory in curved spacetime.
Prof. Sir Roger Penrose
Oxford University, U.K.
Citation: For his pioneering contributions to our understanding of global issues in general relativity which form many of the foundations of the modern era of gravitational physics.
Prof. Frans Pretorius
Princeton University, USA
Citation: For his seminal contributions to numerical relativity which have transformed the subject.
Dr. Carlo Rovelli
University of Marseilles, France
Citation: For leading contributions to the field of quantum gravity, including loop quantum gravity and spin foam models, and also for leadership in creating a vibrant quantum gravity community in France.
Dr. Madhavan Varadarajan
Raman Research Institute, India
Citation: For his numerous insightful contributions to conceptually difficult and deep problems in classical and quantum gravity.
Prof. David Wands
University of Portsmouth, U.K.
Citation: For his seminal contributions to theoretical cosmology, particularly in the areas of cosmological perturbation theory.
Selected in 2013
Prof. Yvonne ChoquetBruhat
Academie des Sciences, France
Citation: For her proof of the wellposedness of the Cauchy problem for Einstein's field equations, for her contributions to the mathematical study of Einstein's theory, and for service to the Society.
Dr. Nathalie Deruelle
CNRS  Universite Paris 7, France
Citation: For her contributions to the twobody problem in general relativity and to relativistic cosmology.
Prof. George F. R. Ellis
University of Cape Town, South Africa
Citation: For his contributions to the theory of the largescale structure of spacetime and to relativistic cosmology, and for service to the Society.
Prof. Eanna E. Flanagan
Cornell University, USA
Citation: For his contributions to gravitational physics, ranging from the physics of gravitational waves and their detection, to the astrophysics of neutron stars, and to cosmology and quantum gravity.
Prof. Stefan Hollands
Cardiff University, U.K.
Citation: For his contributions to a broad range of fundamental issues in classical general relativity and quantum field theory in curved spacetime.
Prof. Werner Israel
University of Victoria, Canada
Citation: For his contributions to the theory of the exteriors and interiors of black holes, and to relativistic thermodynamics, and for service to the Society.
Prof. Balasubramanian R. Iyer
Raman Research Institute, India
Citation: For his work in applying the postMinkowskian and postNewtonian approximations to the problem of compact binary systems, and for his leadership of the gravitationalwave community of India.
Prof. Luis Lehner
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Canada
Citation: For his contributions to computational gravitational physics, most notably in the areas of compact systems and their gravitational and electromagnetic signals, as well as gravity in higher dimensions.
Prof. Ezra T. Newman
University of Pittsburgh, USA
Citation: For his contributions to general relativity, including the NewmanPenrose formalism, the KerrNewman solution, and the asymptotic structure of spacetime, and for service to the Society.
Prof. Peter R. Saulson
Syracuse University, USA
Citation: For his contributions to understanding sources of noise in laser interferometric gravitationalwave detectors, and for his leadership in the detector collaborations.
Prof. Bernard F. Schutz
Albert Einstein Institute, Germany
Citation: For his work on instabilities in rotating relativistic stars, on measuring cosmological parameters using gravitationalwave observations; for his leadership in developing gravitationalwave observatories on the ground and in space, and for his innovations in physics publishing.
Dr. Masaru Shibata
Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Japan
Citation: For his contributions to the field of numerical relativity, including formulations of the field equations amenable to stable numerical evolution, the astrophysics of binary neutron star and black holeneutron star mergers, and applications to higher dimensional gravity.
Prof. Tarun Souradeep
InterUniversity Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, India
Citation: For his contributions to the forefront of contemporary cosmology and his leadership in developing gravitational wave astronomy in India.
Prof. Takahiro Tanaka
Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Japan
Citation: For his contributions to theoretical cosmology, gravitational waves and the study of higherdimensional spacetimes.
Prof. Robert M. Wald
University of Chicago, USA
Citation: For his contributions to quantum field theory in curved spacetime, to equations of motion of finitemass bodies, and for service to the Society.
Selected in 2016
Prof. Abhay V. Ashtekar
Pennsylvania State University, USA
Citation: For his major contributions to classical and quantum gravity, and for his leadership and service within the US and international relativity community.
Prof. James B. Hartle
University of California / Santa Barbara, USA
Citation: For seminal contributions to relativistic astrophysics, the theory of black holes, quantum fields in curved space, quantum cosmology, and other aspects of gravitational physics.
Prof. Stephen W. Hawking
University of Cambridge, U.K.
Citation: For outstanding achievements in many areas of general relativity and gravitation, particularly singularity theorems, black hole thermodynamics, Hawking radiation from black holes, and quantum cosmology.
Prof. Marc Kamionkowski
Johns Hopkins University, USA
Citation: For his contributions to contemporary cosmology and general relativity, particularly the development of the theoretical foundation for the detection of relic gravitational waves from inflation in the Cosmic Microwave Background polarization.
Prof. Jerzy Lewandowski
University of Warsaw, Poland
Citation: For his significant contributions to the understanding and methodology of loop quantum gravity, and for his service within the Polish and international relativity community.
Prof. Nergis Mavalvala
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Citation: For her innovative contributions to the development of squeezed quantum states of light and classical optomechanics techniques, and their application to the quantum enhancement of kmscale interferometers for the detection of gravitational waves.
Prof. Jorge Pullin
Louisiana State University, USA
Citation: For his outstanding contributions to loop quantum gravity, black hole binaries, and the foundations of quantum mechanics, and for his service within the US and international relativity community.
Prof. Norna A. Robertson
California Institute of Technology, USA and University of Glasgow, U.K.
Citation: For her pioneering contributions to the development of interferometric gravitational wave detection especially in the areas of laser stabilization, testmass suspension systems, and testmass charging.
Prof. Kip S. Thorne
California Institute of Technology, USA
Citation: For his wideranging achievements in gravitational physics, including foundational contributions to our understanding of black holes and gravitational waves, and for his essential role in the development of gravitational wave astronomy.
Prof. Clifford M. Will
University of Florida and Washington University, USA
Citation: For his numerous significant contributions to gravitational physics, particularly the development of the Parametrized PostNewtonian framework, for his efforts to educate the public, and for his leadership and service within the US and international relativity community.
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