The Hungarian Academy of Sciences has awarded the International Dennis Gabor Award http://www.gabordenes.hu/gabor-denes-dij-2017/ to Gaspar Bakos, Associate Professor of Astrophysics at Princeton University. This highly selective award recognizes researchers who have contributed outstanding scientific achievements with practical applications while emphasizing international cooperation with other researchers.
Professor Bakos received the award for his research in exoplanets and time-domain astronomy and his leadership in automating telescopes and establishing the first homogenous global network of such telescopes. These telescopes have led to the discovery and characterization of over 100 extrasolar planets. Bakos continues to maintain strong scientific ties with Hungarian researchers as well as with those in the broader international scientific community.
The award is named in honor of Hungarian native Dennis Gabor, who received the 1971 Nobel Prize in Physics. He is most notably credited with the invention of holography in 1947. In honor of Gabor’s early career path success, the award similarly recognizes promising early-career scientists who have made significant advances in science and technology. It is traditionally bestowed to a researcher about every 3 years or longer depending on the level of candidates for the award.
A ceremony was held in the Hungarian Parliament in December 2017. Each award includes a pure silver medal with a hologram of Dennis Gabor’s portrait and a monetary prize. More information about the Hungarian Academy of Sciences can be found here http://mta.hu/english