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University of Hawaii astronomer J. Patrick Henry will receive a Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
Henry, a professor of physics and astronomy, is known for his work on cosmology.
The Humboldt awards recognize the lifelong academic achievement of internationally recognized scholars in all fields in the United States. Nominations are made by eminent German scholars.
As a Humboldt Senior Scientist, Henry will be invited to conduct research projects at German research institutes for up to 12 months.
He will receive his award at the Humboldt Foundation's annual meeting in Berlin next month. A reception will be hosted by the president of Germany at his official residence.
Henry will spend the next two summers at the Max Planck Institute in Garching, Germany. He will collaborate with scientists on analysis of data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton X-ray Observatory.
Henry also is a member of the international group planning use of Japan's ASTRO-E2 satellite to be launched in 2005.
Rolf-Peter Kudritzki, director of the Institute for Astronomy, said the award "is one of the most prestigious recognitions of research accomplishments.
"I am extremely pleased and proud that one of our faculty has received this award. I look forward to the results of the important collaborative scientific work between Hawaii and Germany made possible in this way."