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Since launch, RXTE research has been recognized with several major awards, including four Rossi prizes. If you know of an award given for RXTE research not listed here, please send mail with details to the RXTE Guest Observer Facility Help Desk.

2009 Rossi Prize

The 2009 Rossi Prize of the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society was awarded to Charles D. Bailyn of Yale University, Jeffrey E. McClintock of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and Ronald A. Remillard of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for their ground-breaking measurement of the masses of Galactic black holes. The Bruno Rossi prize is awarded annually by the High-Energy Astrophyics Division (HEAD) of the American Astronomical Society, in recognition of significant, recent, and original contributions in high-energy astrophysics.

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2006 Rossi Prize

The 2006 Rossi Prize of the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society was awarded to Tod Strohmayer (NASA/GSFC), Deepto Chakrabarty (MIT), and Rudy Wijnands (Univ. of Amsterdam) for their pioneering research which revealed millisecond spin periods and established the powerful diagnostic tool of kilohertz intensity oscillations in accreting neutron star binary systems. The Bruno Rossi prize is awarded annually by the High-Energy Astrophyics Division (HEAD) of the American Astronomical Society, in recognition of significant, recent, and original contributions in high-energy astrophysics.

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2004 NWO Spinoza Prize

Professor Michiel van der Klis, Professor of Astronomy at the Universiteit van Amsterdam Institute 'Anton Pannekoek', received the NWO Spinoza prize 2004 for his pioneering research into X-ray radiation from binary stars. The NWO-Spinoza prize, which some regard as the 'Dutch Nobel Prize', is awarded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) to Dutch scientists who are at the very top of the research profession. The laureates are internationally renowned and are an inspiration to young scientists. Van der Klis received the award for his body of work. In 1985 he clarified why X-ray radiation emitted by binary does not consist of stable pulses but instead of quasi-periodic oscillations. And in the 1990s his group hit the world headlines when they discovered the first X-ray star which rotated at 400 times per second around its axis. The existence of such a star had been predicted 16 years previously, but had not yet been proved.

2003 Rossi Prize

The 2003 Rossi Prize of the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society was awarded to Robert Duncan and Christopher Thompson for their prediction, and to Chryssa Kouveliotou for her observational confirmation, of the existence of magnetars: neutron stars with extraordinarily strong magnetic fields. Robert Duncan (University of Texas, Austin) and Christopher Thompson (Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics) coined the term in a paper more than a decade ago predicting the objects. Chryssa Kouveliotou (NSSTC, a NASA/university collaboration in Huntsville, AL) published ground-breaking observational evidence of the existance of magnetars using RXTE data.

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1999 Rossi Prize

The 1999 Rossi Prize of the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society was awarded to Drs. Jean Swank (NASA/GSFC) and Hale Bradt (MIT) for their key roles in the development of the Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer satellite, and for the resulting important discoveries related to high time resolution observations of compact astrophysical objects, such as black holes and neutron stars. The Bruno Rossi prize is awarded annually by the High-Energy Astrophyics Division (HEAD) of the American Astronomical Society, in recognition of significant, recent, and original contributions in high-energy astrophysics.

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