Luciano Rezzolla is internationally recognised as a leading figure in relativistic astrophysics, combining the mathematical rigour of general relativity with the interpretation of high-energy phenomena from astrophysical compact objects such as black holes and neutron stars. In 2013 he has co-authored a book on “Relativistic Hydrodynamics” published by Oxford University Press that is normally recognised as the standard reference on this topic. Together with coPIs Falcke and Kramer, he has been awarded in 2014 an ERC Synergy Grant (BlackHoleCam) for the theoretical study of supermassive black holes that has lead to the first image of a supermassive black hole in the giant galaxy M87. In 2020 he was awarded an ERC Advanced Grant (Jetset) to study the launching and propagation of relativistic jets. He has recently started an activity in science outreach with a publication of a book on gravity (The irresistible attraction of gravity) published in several languages. He has published more than 220 papers on various refereed journals and has received several prizes and international recognitions.
Prof. Dr. Luciano Rezzolla
Institute for Theoretical Physics
Goethe University Frankfurt
60438 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Norbert Pietralla is a nuclear spectroscopist and accelerator scientist. He studied physics at the University of Cologne, had been a postdoc at Yale University, and professor for nuclear physics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and at the University of Cologne. Since 2006 he is Full Professor at the Technische Universität Darmstadt and Director of its Institute for Nuclear Physics. He is well-known for his research on isovector vibrational valence-shell excitations of heavy nuclei, on photonuclear reactions, on nuclear shape phase transitions, and for the establishment of the first Energy-Recovery LINAC in Germany. He has co-discovered the competitive double-Ɣ decay as a new radioactive decay mode of atomic nuclei. NP has published more than 500 scientific articles. His research has been cited more than 8,000 times by more than 3,300 scientific articles. He has supervised the completion of 48 doctoral theses by now. Some of his former PhD students are already professors and academic leaders, themselves. NP’s support for the establishment of international cooperation in science, in particular with south-east European countries, has been recognized by his honorary doctorates of the University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest (Romania) and by the St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia (Bulgaria). NP is married and has two daughters.