Mikhail Revnivtsev Receives Russian Federation President Prize in Science and Innovation

Dr. Mikhail Revnivtsev, Research Fellow of the Cluster of Excellence "Origin and Structure of the Universe" and previously scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, was among the awardees of a Russian Science and Innovation prize awarded for the first time. The laureates received their awards from Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev in a ceremony in the Kremlin's Catherine Hall on 9 February 2009. The prize was given to four young scientists for their outstanding results in science and technology. The awardees were endowed with a grant of 2.5 million rubles (approx. 70,000 US-Dollars) each.

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Mikhail Revnivtsev is engaged in studying black holes and galaxy clusters, his research focusing on the origin of the galactic ridge X-ray emission, being an essential parameter for the energy of stellar and non-stellar components of our galaxy, the Milky Way.

Dr. Revnivtsev received his prize for important contributions to our understanding of the nature of galactic and extra-galactic sources of x-ray radiation. A large part of Dr. Revnivtsev's prize-awarded research has been carried out at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA) in collaboration with several colleagues at MPA. He has been a research fellow with the Universe Cluster since August 2008.

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