Luciano Rezzolla
Uwe Dettmar, Goethe University

Goethe University Frankfurt

Luciano Rezzolla

2022 2022 Winner | Physical Sciences Winner Breakthrough Day Physical Sciences

Luciano Rezzolla is the Chair of Theoretical Astrophysics at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. His main research topics are astrophysical compact objects such as black holes and neutron stars, which he investigates by means of numerical simulations on supercomputers. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration (EHTC). He has written more than 300 articles, a well-known textbook (“Relativistic Hydrodynamics”) and a public-outreach book (“The Irresistible Attraction of Gravity”) that has been translated in several languages. He has received numerous prizes including the Karl Schwarzschild Prize, the Frankfurt Physics Prize, the Golden Seal of the University of Bari, the 2020 Breakthrough Prize for Fundamental Physics (with EHTC) and the Einstein Medal (with EHTC). Since 2019 he is the Andrews Professor in Astronomy at Trinity College, Dublin. He has received an ERC Synergy Grant (2014) and an ERC Advanced Grant (2021).

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