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Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship for
Dr. Simon Vidrih

2 April 2008

Dr. Simon Vidrih is the recipient of one of the prestigious research fellowships of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation — Dr. Vidrih will carry out research on the structure of the Milky Way at the Astronomisches Rechen-Institut of the Center for Astronomy of the University of Heidelberg

Dr. Simon Vidrih  
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is a non-profit foundation for the promotion of international research cooperation.  The Foundation awards research fellowships to exceptionally qualified postdoctoral researchers from abroad.  A Humboldt Research Fellowship enables researchers to carry out a long-term research project with an academic host at a research institution in Germany.

Dr. Vidrih is a Slovenian scientist who studied physics and astronomy at the University of Ljubljana.  After his PhD he worked at Cambridge University prior to coming to Heidelberg.  His research concentrates on the structure and evolution of the Milky Way.  He already made a name for himself with the discovery of ultracool white dwarfs, the compact end products of stars that are among the oldest objects in our Galaxy.

Dr. Vidrih chose the Astronomisches Rechen-Institut (ARI) with its high international visibility in Milky Way research as his host institute.  The ARI is one of three institutes of the Center for Astronomy of the University of Heidelberg.  By combining large sky surveys with theoretical galaxy models the ARI offers an excellent research environment to Dr. Vidrih.  He started his fellowship on April 1, 2008.

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Prof. Dr. Eva K. Grebel

Dr. Michael Schwarz
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University of Heidelberg
phone: 06221/542310, fax: 542317

Irene Thewalt
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