Nienke van der Marel receives New Horizons Prize

Nienke van der Marel (Leiden Observatory) has been awarded the New Horizons Prize in physics for her pioneering research on planet formation. This prize is given to young, promising researchers in physics or mathematics. The astronomer and her colleagues found the first observational evidence for ‘dust traps’ in disks around young stars. This discovery and her further research have solved long-standing problems in planet formation. ‘It is an incredible honour to receive this award. Especially at such a young age.’

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