The 2014 IUPAP (International Union of Pure and Applied Physics) Young Scientist Prize in Astrophysics was awarded to Nanda Rea (ICE, CSIC-IEEC/University of Amsterdam) for her “her valuable contribution to the study of neutron stars. In particular for the discovery that magnetars can have low dipolar magnetic fields in line with the normal pulsar population, at variance with the long-standing belief that the electron critical magnetic field was a lower limit for magnetar-activity to take place.”
Since her PhD years, Nanda Rea has worked on several aspects of neutron stars, both observationally and on the interpretation side. She was invited for colloquia and seminars in many worldwide institutes (Harvard, NYU, Max Plank, University of Sydney, ATNF, IAC, and others). In 2014 she was awarded the Zeldovich Medal for Astrophysics and Space Science from COSPAR and the Russian Academy of Science, for her crucial contribution to the understanding of neutron stars with strong magnetic fields.
The award ceremony and a plenary seminar on the awarded scientific achievements, will take place at the 28th Texas Symposium for Relativistic Astrophysics in Geneva in December 13-18, 2015.
The Young Scientist Prize is granted by IUPAP Commissions. Successful candidates will have up to 8 years of research experience following Ph.D. (excluding career interruptions). Each commission can give up to three awards over three years (these can be one per year or all three awarded together). The award consists of a certificate, medal and a monetary award.