Jim Stone, Emeritus Professor of Astrophysical Sciences, Emeritus Lyman Spitzer, Jr., Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics at Princeton, and currently Professor in the School of Natural Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study, has just been awarded the James Craig Watson Medal of the National Academy of Sciences. The Watson Medal is "presented every two years for outstanding contributions to the science of astronomy”. Jim’s citation reads:
Stone has transformed the field of computational astrophysics and ushered in a new era of precision simulations with a wide range of applications.
His research is focused on fluid dynamics, particularly magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), for which he has developed some of the most powerful and widely used astrophysical codes.
Past winners of this award with a Princeton affiliation include:
Jeremiah P. Ostriker
Margaret Geller (who did her PhD in the Physics Department)