Edo Berger Selected as 2019-2020 Radcliffe Institute Fellow
Monday, May 13, 2019
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Edo Berger has been named a 2019–2020 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, joining more than 50 women and men in the incoming fellowship class as they pursue work across the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and arts.

As the 2019–2020 Mildred Londa Weisman Fellow Berger will pursue an individual project in a community dedicated to exploration and inquiry at Harvard's institute for advanced study.

"This is a remarkable class of fellows," said Radcliffe Institute Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin RI '17, the Daniel P. S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School and professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. "Radcliffe's Fellowship Program—a microcosm of the Institute—is a laboratory of ideas where scholars, artists, scientists, and practitioners draw insights from one another and generate new knowledge that spans disciplinary boundaries. I am extraordinarily excited to see what emerges from this incredible group of individuals in the year ahead."

While in residence, fellows at the Radcliffe Institute present lectures and exhibitions to the public, participate in cross-disciplinary study groups, and work closely with undergraduate Harvard students who serve as research partners.

Edo Berger is a professor of astronomy at Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. At the Radcliffe Institute, he will explore the long-standing open question of how gold (and other rare elements) are created in the universe. In particular, he aims to study and demonstrate the creation of these elements in neutron star collisions detected through their gravitational wave emission, and to explore the scientific and human implications of the answer.

The Radcliffe Institute has awarded more than 900 fellowships since its founding in 1999.

The full list of fellows is online here.

About the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study is a unique space within Harvard—a school dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across all disciplines. Each year, the Institute hosts about 50 leading scholars, scientists, and artists from around the world in its renowned residential fellowship program. Radcliffe fosters innovative research collaborations and offers hundreds of public lectures, exhibitions, performances, conferences, and other events annually. The Institute is home to the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library, the nation's foremost archive on the history of women, gender, and sexuality. For more information about the people and programs of the Radcliffe Institute, visit www.radcliffe.harvard.edu.