Brian Metzger named 2020 Blavatnik Laureate

July 25, 2020

Prof. Brian D. Metzger has been named a Laureate of the 2020 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. Brian has been recognized for his work on: "Settling a long-standing question about the origin of gold and other heavy elements in the universe. He predicted that gold, along with all the stable elements on the lower part of the periodic table, was created in a collision of two merging neutron stars called a “kilonova”. In 2017, the LIGO gravitational wave observatory recorded the first observed kilonova explosion and triggered a series of satellite measurements following this discovery that confirmed Metzger’s predictions. Indeed, the heaviest elements present in the universe, like gold, were created by such cataclysmic events. Metzger’s work has ushered in an exciting new era in astronomy that will revolutionize our understanding of the cosmos."

Brian is the first Blavatnik National Awards recipient from Columbia. Click here for the Columbia news article. Click here for more information about the 2020 Blavatnik awards.

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