Rashid Sunyaev is elected to the Royal Society of London

On May 15 2009 the Royal Society of London announced that Rashid Sunyaev, Director at the Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching, had been elected as a Foreign Member.

Founded in 1660, the Royal Society is one of the oldest and most recognized scientific societies on the globe. It is dedicated to promoting excellence in science and serves as the National Academy of Sciences of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.

Every year about 50 new Members are elected, including 6-8 Foreign Members. According to the Society's statutes, candidates for election to the Fellowship must have made "a substantial contribution to the improvement of natural knowledge, including mathematics, engineering science and medical science".

Prof. Rashid Sunyaev has made outstanding contributions to the High Energy Astrophysics and Cosmology, including the standard theory of disk accretion, the interaction of Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) photons with the hot gas in galaxy clusters (Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect), the prediction of baryonic oscillations and acoustic peaks in the angular fluctuations of CMB temperature and many others.

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