Astrophysics’ Ed Belbruno wins Humboldt Research Award

Thursday, Nov 30, 2017
by Princeton Department of Astrophysical Sciences

Ed Belbruno, a Visiting Research Associate in the Astrophysics Department, has won the Humboldt Research Award in recognition for his “Accomplishments in Research and Teaching in Mathematics as Applied to Celestial Mechanics, Astrodynamics and AstroPhysics”.

Ed was the first to apply chaos theory to finding new types of low fuel trajectories for spacecraft. It was demonstrated in 1991with the rescue of a Japanese lunar probe. His work has ranged from the origin of the universe by studying the big bang to the origin of life on Earth. He is also an artist with exhibitions currently in New York and China. Some of his works hang in Peyton Hall.

The Humboldt Research Award is Germany’s most prestigious award in mathematics and sciences and will support Ed spending a year in Germany at the University of Ausburg.  The award is granted in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.  Each prestigious Humboldt Research Award comes with € 60,000.  More information on the Humboldt Foundation can be found here.