Hendrik Spruit (Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics)
© H-A Arnolds, MPA
The prize recognises work which started with Spruit's thesis at the
University of Utrecht. At the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics he has
worked on X-ray binaries, gamma-ray bursts and magnetic fields in stars.
Recently he has returned to solar physics with work on the structure of
The AAS awards the prize annually to a scientist for outstanding
contributions to the field of solar astronomy. It is named after the
American astronomer George Ellery Hale (1868-1938), who discovered (in 1908)
that sunspots are the seat of strong magnetic fields. He was also the
driving force behind the construction of ever larger telescopes including
the famous 200" telescope on Mount Palomar, until 1975 the world's largest
The award ceremony will take place in May at the spring meeting of the
American Astronomical Society in Boston.