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Wempe award for Brent Tully

30 June 2014. Today Prof. R. Brent Tully from the Institute for Astronomy Honolulu, Hawaii receives the Wempe Award in recognition of his groundbreaking research about the structure of galaxies and the large-scale structure of the cosmos. Since many decades Tully has been promoting the analysis and mapping of galactic structures and flows. The award ceremony will take place from 3:30 p.m. at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP).
Wempe award for Brent Tully

Prof. R. Brent Tully (Institute for Astronomy Honolulu, Hawaii)

Born in Canada, Tully completed his PhD at the University of Maryland. He worked as a researcher at various universities in Europe and in the USA before receiving his call to the Institute for Astronomy Honolulu, Hawaii. Tully is very well-known to the astronomical community already since 1977 when he developed the famous Tully-Fisher relation together with his collegue Richard Fisher. This relation describes how the rotational velocity of spiral galaxies is related to their luminosity.

Tully’s research expertise is closely connected to the CLUES project at AIP. Within this project an international team of astronomers and astrophysicists provides constrained simulations of the local universe designed to be used as a numerical laboratory to study the formation of galaxies.




3:30p.m. Welcome and Laudatio: Dr. Claudia Herok, MWFK Brandenburg / Prof. Dr. Matthias Steinmetz, AIP

* Award ceremony*

4:45p.m. Special Talk by Prof. Dr. Reinhard Genzel, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestric Physics, Garching: "The evolution of massive star forming disks at the peak of the galaxy formation epoch"


About the Wempe Award

In honour of Prof. Dr. Johann Wempe (1906 - 1980), the last director of the former Astrophysical Observatory of Potsdam, the AIP annually grants the Johann Wempe award, first awarded in 2000, to an outstanding scientist.

The award is financed from funds left in the will of Johann Wempe. It consists of a stipend of €2,500 per month to facilitate a research visit to the AIP of up to six months. The recipient may be either a promising young scientist who has already made notable achievements or a senior scientist, in recognition of his or her life's work. The recipient is expected to enrich the scientific life of the institute through a series of lectures in their area of expertise.



Science Contact: Prof. Dr. Matthias Steinmetz, +49 331 7499 381,

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Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP)

The key topics of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) are cosmic magnetic fields and extragalactic astrophysics. A considerable part of the institute's efforts aim at the development of research technology in the fields of spectroscopy, robotic telescopes, and e-science. The AIP is the successor of the Berlin Observatory founded in 1700 and of the Astrophysical Observatory of Potsdam founded in 1874. The latter was the world's first observatory to emphasize explicitly the research area of astrophysics. Since 1992 the AIP is a member of the Leibniz Association.