Lou Allamandola awarded Oort Professorship for 2013 by Leiden Observatory

Leiden Observatory
Leiden Observatory

Every year, Leiden Observatory selects a distinguished astronomer to be the Oort Professor in memory of Professor Jan Oort, the distinguished Professor of Astronomy at Leiden University who played a pioneering role in many aspects of modern astronomy. Lou has received this award for his, “leading role in developing infrared spectroscopy as a tool for studies of the molecular Universe, in defining the role of large polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the Universe, and in opening up the new field of astrobiology, which links astronomy with chemistry and biology “

The Oort Professorship is a highly prestigious international award within the astrophysics community, including the astrophysics community that is supported by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD). Having an Ames scientist receive this honor for the first time from one of the world’s best astronomy departments reflects very highly on NASA Ames Research Center within SMD and the astrophysics community.