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Karl Schwarzschild Fellowship 2012 goes to Dr. Federico Spada

3 September 2012. Dr. Federico Spada is awarded with the Karl Schwarzschild Fellowship 2012. Spada attended the University of Catania, Italy, and got his Master in Physics 2006 for his dissertation about "Galactic dynamo and radio emission polarisation" before receiving 2010 his PhD for his thesis "Rotational history of solar-like stars and angular momentum transport in radiative interiors". He then left for the Institute for Biospheric Studies at Yale University, where he worked with Sabatino Sofia at the Astronomy Departement.
Karl Schwarzschild Fellowship 2012 goes to Dr. Federico Spada

Federico Spada

The Karl Schwarzschild Fellowship is awarded regularly with an alternating focus on extragalactic and stellar astrophysics. Schwarzschild fellows are identified in a competitive international search. The successful candidate should have received their PhD within the last five years. Schwarzschild Fellows are expected to carry out an independent research program and to contribute to the scientific life of the AIP including co-supervision of students.

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