Thomas-Paul Hack awarded 2012 Giulio Rampa Thesis Prize

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We are pleased to announce that the 2012 Giulio Rampa Thesis Prize for outstanding research in Mathematical or Numerical General Relativity will be presented to Dr. Thomas-Paul Hack.

The committee consisting of Profs. Gerhard Huisken (Chair), Lars Andersson, Mauro Carfora, Luciano Rezzolla prepared the following citation:

“Dr. Hack’s thesis On the Backreaction of Scalar and Spinor Quantum Fields in Curved Spacetimes marks a breakthrough for a thorough evaluation of quantum effects of matter for cosmology. It provides a relevant contribution to the field and will constitute an extremely valuable reference in the area of quantum fields in curved spacetimes and its cosmological applications.”

The prize is sponsored by The University of Pavia to honor the memory of Giulio Rampa and is given, every two years, to a graduate student for outstanding research in mathematical or numerical general relativity. The prize has been established in 2011, and is endowed under the terms of a bequest from Nadia and Giorgio Rampa.


The GRT prize carries a certificate and a net check of 2,000 EUR. The prize will be presented at the annual Honors Ceremony during the Inauguration of the Graduate Studies Academic Year in Pavia, in December 2012.

The next GRT prize will be awarded in 2014 to a Ph.D. Thesis submitted by a nominator no later than January 31, 2014, on behalf of students who graduated between January 2012 – December 2013.