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MPE Press Release March 12, 2008

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Sandra Savaglio receives Pythagoras Award 2008

the winner

This year's Pythagoras Award goes to Sandra Savaglio, astrophysicist at the Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics. The prize is awarded since 2004 by the City of Crotone on behalf of the University of Calabria. The first three editions have been awarded to mathematicians of worldwide notoriety for a new scientific result or theory. Starting this year the concept of the Pythagoras Award has been extended to other disciplines. Sandra Savaglio is honoured for her overall performance in different fields of astrophysics.

Savaglio is studying galaxy evolution and formation. The prime focus of her studies today are galaxies which are up to 100 times smaller than the Milky Way and host gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), the most energetic explosions in the universe. In this context Savaglio created the largest public database worldwide dedicated to galaxies hosting GRBs.

The Pythagoras Award is accompanied with a grant of 20.000 Euros. The previous awardees were Andrew Wiles (2004) who proved Fermat's Last Theorem for the first time, Edward Witten (2005), the world's leading researcher in superstring theory and Enrico Bombieri (2006), famous for research in number theory.

The Pythagoras Award: external link home page (in Italian language)
Information on the awardee: external link Sandra Savaglio (in Italian language)

Contact:

Dr. Mona Clerico
Press Officer
Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics
and Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics
Phone +49 89 30000-3980
Email: clerico@mpe.mpg.de

Dr. Sandra Savaglio
Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics
Phone: +49 89 30000-3358
Email: savaglio@mpe.mpg.de

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