Michigan Astronomy congratulates John Monnier, who has been awarded the 2014 Michelson Prize! The prize recognizes outstanding scientists working in the field of astronomical interferometry. John was presented with the award at the SPIE (the international society for optics and photonics) meeting in Montreal last month; his prize citation reads:
The 2014 Michelson Investigator Prize is awarded to John Monnier for his extensive and varied contributions throughout a rich and vigorous career in high angular resolution methods and applications. His leadership in developing the unique Michigan InfraRed Combiner, and its use at the CHARA Array in interferometric imaging, has led the community in delivering on the promise of optical interferometry to science. His group's imagery of rapidly rotating stars has excited the imagination of scientists and public alike and has given physicists new constraints on stellar structure. This Prize also recognizes his earlier heavily cited work on Young Stellar Objects. The first interferometric YSO angular diameters are a fundamental contribution to the understanding of preplanetary disks, guiding theoretical understanding and constraining modeling of the planet formation zone.
Text and a picture from the award ceremony here: http://www.mtwilson.edu/Prize2014.php
The prize is named after Albert Michelson, a pioneer in interferometry who spent several years at Mt. Wilson. The Michelson–Morley experiment conclusively showed that the speed of light was constant for all observers, opening the door for work that includes Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity. Michelson was the first American to receive a Nobel prize in the sciences.