Jansky Lectureship for Prof. Reinhard Genzel
The US National Radio Astronomy Observatory recently announced that the 2010 Karl G. Jansky
Lectureship has been awarded to Prof. Reinhard Genzel, Director of the Max Plank Institute for
Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching. The Jansky Lectureship, named after the man who first
detected radio waves from a cosmic source in 1932, recognizes outstanding contributions to the
advancement of radio astronomy.
Karl Jansky also first discovered radio waves from the central region of our Milky Way galaxy and on
2. November 2010 in Charlottesville Genzel will present the latest results about this region in his
Jansky Lecture about "The Galactic Centre Black Hole and Nuclear Star Cluster". In his talk he will
explain how observations across the electromagnetic spectrum led to the conclusion that SgrA* has to
be a black hole and how - to our current knowledge - this black hole interacts with the surrounding
star cluster, including the riddle of recent star formation near the hole.
While the Black Hole in the centre of own Milky Way is one of the core research topics of Genzel and
his group, more generally he also studies whether accretion onto massive black holes or star formation
powers active galaxies. To this end, together with his collaborators he developed instrumentation at
sub-millimetre and infrared wavelengths to probe the central regions of galaxies. Further instrumentation
developments in adaptive optics and interferometry will push the frontiers of high-resolution imaging
and spectroscopic observations of galaxies using such diverse facilities as Herschel, the VLT, and the
Karl G. Jansky
Genzel's work has been internationally recognized with many honours and awards, including the Gottfried
Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (1990), the Shaw Prize (2008), and the "Galileo 2000" Prize (2009). In 1986, Genzel
became Director at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, also regularly visits
the USA as part-time professor at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2000, he became a foreign
member of the United States National Academy of Sciences.
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under
cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc. It operates a complementary suite of powerful
telescopes including the Very Large Array (VLA), an array of 27 radio telescopes, and the Very Long Baseline
Array (VLBA), an array of 10 radio telescopes and the highest resolution astronomical telescope. The
NRAO is also building two new major facilities, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA),
a partnership with Europe, Japan, and Chile and the Expanded Very Large Array (EVLA), a partnership with
Canada and Mexico, and a major step towards the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA).