ICTP Diploma 30th Anniversary

23 - 25 August 2021

Keynote Speaker: Andrea Ghez

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ICTP is pleased to announce that Andrea M. Ghez, a 2020 Nobel Laureate in Physics, will give the keynote address at its Diploma 30th Anniversary celebration.

Professor Ghez became the fourth woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, sharing one half of the prize with Reinhard Genzel (the other half of the prize being awarded to Sir Roger Penrose). Ghez and Genzel received the Nobel "for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy", now generally recognized to be a black hole, in the Milky Way's galactic center.

Ghez is a professor of physics and astronomy and the Lauren B. Leichtman & Arthur E. Levine chair in Astrophysics at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). She is one of the world's leading experts in observational astrophysics and heads UCLA's Galactic Center Group. Her work on the orbits of stars at the center of the Milky Way has opened a new approach to studying black holes, and her group is currently focused on using this approach to understand the physics of gravity near a black hole and the role that black holes play in the formation and evolution of galaxies.

Andrea Ghez

Advances in high resolution imaging technology enabled Ghez's work, and her group continues to work on pushing the frontiers of these technologies. She serves on several leadership committees for the W. M. Keck Observatory, which hosts the largest telescopes in the world, and the future Thirty Meter Telescope.

Ghez is also very committed to the communication of science to the general public and inspiring young girls into science. Her work can be found in many public outlets including TED, NOVA's Monster of the Milky Way, Discovery's Swallowed by a Black Hole, and the Griffith Observatory.

In addition to the Nobel Prize, Ghez has received numerous honours and awards including the Crafoord Prize in Astronomy from the Royal Swedish Academy of Science (she is the first woman to receive a Crafoord prize in any field), the Bakerian Medal from the Royal Society of London, a MacArthur Fellowship, election to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

Ghez earned her BS from MIT in 1987, and her PhD from Caltech in 1992, and has been on the faculty at UCLA since 1994.

For more information see http://www.galacticcenter.astro.ucla.edu/ and http://www.astro.ucla.edu/~ghez