Ewine van Dishoeck, Professor for molecular astropyhsics at University Leiden and external scientific member at the MPE, receives the Karl Schwarzschild Medal 2019 for her research on the formation of stars and planets. She has made important contributions to our understanding of the matter between stars: large clouds of gas and dust that are the birthplaces for solar systems like ours. By using observations, theory and experiments, she has shown how molecules form and evolve in these interstellar clouds. By studying interstellar molecules, she made significant impact on the understanding of the formation of stars and planets.
The award ceremony will take place during the Annual Meeting of the Astronomical Society 16.-20. September 2019 in Stuttgart.