Viktor Ambartsumian International Prize
Steering Committee

The International Steering Committee consists of 9 members that accepts nominations, sends them for peer review, discusses and decides the winners. The Steering Committee is being renewed by 1/3 once per every 2 years according to the By-Laws rotation policy.


President of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) of Armenia, Academician and Member of the Presidium of NAS RA, Doctor of Sciences, Professor

Research fields: Quantum electronics, applied problems of Superconductivity, Space research, Radio astronomy, Radio physics research methods of remote sensing of Earth

Affiliation: Institute of Radiophysics and Electronics (IRPhE), NAS RA

Address: 24, Marshal Baghramian Ave. Yerevan, 0019, Republic of Armenia
Phone: +374 10 527031
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Prof. Xavier BARCONS

ESO Director General, Professor of Astrophysics, Co-Investigator of XMM-Newton Survey Science Centre

Research fields: X-ray astronomy, QSO absorption lines and intergalactic medium, obscured AGN in distant Universe, evolution of AGN population

Affiliation: European Southern Observatory (ESO)

Address: Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 2, 85748 Garching bei München, Germany
Phone: +49 89 32006227
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Prof. Jocelyn BELL BURNELL

Professor of Astrophysics, Co-discoverer of pulsars, 2018 Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics Winner, 1986 Beatrice M. Tinsley Prize Winner of the American Astronomical Society, former President of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS, 2002-2004)

Research fields: pulsars, radio astronomy

Affiliation: University of Oxford, Astrophysics Department, UK

Address: Denys Wilkinson Building, 1 Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3RH, UK
Phone: +44 1865 273306/2
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Doctor of Science, academician of Russian Academy of Science, director of the Sternberg Astronomical Institute of M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University, member of the Editorial Board of Astrofizika

Research fields: Stellar physics, close binary stars, inverse problems of astrophysics, galactic nuclei, observational appearances of black holes and neutron stars

Affiliation: M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), Sternberg Astronomical Institute (SAI)

Address: Universitetskij prospect 13, 119992, Moscow, Russia
Phone: +7 495 939 2858
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Prof. Michel MAYOR

Emeritus Professor of Astronomy, 2019 Nobel Prize Winner, PI of the High Accuracy Radial velocity Planetary Search (HARPS) project, Member, European Academy of Sciences

Research fields: Galactic structure and kinematics, Globular cluster dynamics, the statistical properties of binary stars, Extrasolar planets

Affiliation: Observatory and University of Geneva, Switzerland

Address: Observatoire de Genève, 51 chemin des Maillettes, CH 1290 Sauverny, Switzerland
Phone: +41-22-3792200
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Professor of Applied Physics, Chairman of Astronomy Program at the Stanford University, Foreign Member of NAS RA

Research fields: high energy astrophysics, galaxies and cosmology, gamma-ray bursts, evolution of blazars and quasars, particle acceleration

Affiliation: Stanford University, Center for Space Science & Astrophysics

Address: 382 Via Pueblo Mall, Stanford CA 94305-4060, U.S.A.
Phone: +1-650-7231435
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Prof. Brian SCHMIDT

Distinguished Professor at The Australian National University's Mount Stromlo Observatory, 2011 Nobel Prize Winner, Australian National University, Mount Stromlo Observatory, Canberra, Australia

Research fields: Observational Cosmology, Studies of Supernovae, Gamma Ray Bursts, Large Surveys, Photometry and Calibration

Affiliation: The Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, The Australian National University

Address: Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics, ANU RSAA, Mount Stromlo Observatory, Cotter Rd, Weston Creek, Canberra ACT 2611, Australia
Phone: +61 2 6125 8042
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Prof. Joseph SILK

Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Head of Astrophysics, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Research fields: Theoretical Cosmology, Dark Matter, Galaxy Formation and Cosmic Microwave Background

Affiliation: Institut d'astrophysique de Paris, University of Oxford, University of California, Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University

Address: University of Oxford, Astrophysics Dept, Denys Wilkinson Bldg, 1 Keble Rd, Oxford OX1 3RH, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 186 527 3300
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IAU President 2018-2021, Professor of Molecular Astrophysics at Leiden University, Scientific Director of Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA), 2018 Kavli Prize Winner in Astrophysics

Research fields: astrochemistry, molecular astrophysics, submillimeter and mid-infrared astronomy, chemistry, chemical evolution during star formation and planet formation

Affiliation: Leiden University, Leiden Obsevatory

Address: PO Box 9513, 2300 RA Leiden, Netherlands
Phone: +31 71 527 58 14
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Dr. Areg Mickaelian (Armenia), Scientific Secretary of the Steering Committee, 2009-presently

Viktor Ambartsumian International Prize Steering Committee Past Members