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Cowie Wins Heineman Prize

IfA astronomer Lennox Cowie has been awarded the 2009 Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics by the American Astronomical Society and American Institute of Physics for his outstanding work in the field of astrophysics. The prize will be awarded at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington, D.C., in January 2010.

Established in 1979, the Heineman Prize honors Dannie Heineman, a Belgian-American engineer and businessman who was a prolific sponsor of science, especially through the Heineman Foundation.

Cowie is considered a world-leading expert in the field of cosmology and galaxy evolution and formation. He received the prestigious prize for his exceptional work at the IfA, specifically for his research with telescopes on Mauna Kea on the Big Island. The prize citation reads, "for his innovative observations and studies of the distant universe, which have significantly advanced our understanding of the formation and evolution of galaxies."

Cowie received his PhD in theoretical physics from Harvard University in 1976. Prior to joining IfA  in 1986, he held appointments at Princeton, MIT, and the Space Telescope Science Institute. He served as IfA associate director from 1986 to1997, and was awarded the UH Regents' Medal for Excellence in Research in 1998.

With over 25 years experience as an astronomer, Cowie has been the recipient of several esteemed awards--including the Bok Prize from Harvard University in 1984 and the American Astronomical Society Warner Prize in 1985--and was designated as a highly cited author of the Science Citation Index in 2003.

Cowie was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of the United Kingdom in 2004. The Royal Society, sometimes described as Britain's national academy, is the oldest continuously functioning scientific society in the world.