Bok Prize Lectures

The gift of an anonymous donor to establish "a Prize Fund in honor of Professor Bart J. Bok, and in his name, the income to be used for a prize to be awarded, preferably biennially, on the recommendation of the Astronomy Department, to a recent holder of a Ph.D. degree in the Physical Sciences from Harvard or Radcliffe who is under 35 years of age, the award to be preferably based upon a doctoral thesis, book, or research paper, in the area of Milky Way research by observational methods."

The full list of Bok Prize winners is available.

Click on the titles for abstracts and videos of the lectures (when available).

Speaker Title Video
Gurtina Besla 26 October 2017 The Dynamics of the Local Group: Challenges to Convention in the Era of Precision Astrometry
Matt McQuinn 27 October 2016 The Thermal Odyssey of the Photoionized Intergalactic Medium
Meredith Hughes 17 September 2015 Planet Formation through Radio Eyes
Brant Robertson 06 November 2014 New Insights into Astrophysical Turbulence
Dan Marrone 24 April 2014 Star Formation and Molecular Gas in the First Three Billion Years
Phil Hopkins 31 January 2013 A New Approach to Turbulence: The Origins of ISM Structure, Stellar Clustering and the IMF, and (perhaps?) Planet Formation
Heather Knutson 20 September 2012 Beyond Hot Jupiters: Exploring the Diversity of Exoplanetary Atmospheres
Saurabh Jha 05 May 2011 Cosmology with Supernovae: Progress and Prospects
Jenny Greene 30 April 2009 From Nuclei to Galaxy Outskirts: Building Bulges from the Inside Out
Steve Furlanetto 20 March 2008 Piecing Together Reionization
Warren Brown 26 April 2007 Discoveries of Hypervelocity Stars and What They Tell Us About the Galactic Center
Scott Ransom 09 February 2006 Exotica and Basic Physics:A Globular Cluster Pulsar Renaissance with the GBT
Eliot Quataert 07 April 2005 Gas Dynamics in Galactic Nuclei: Starbursts and AGN Fueling
Dave Charbonneau 18 March 2004 The Brown Dwarf Radial Velocity Survey
Sara Seager 18 March 2004 Towards a Physical Characterization of Extrasolar Planets
Joe Mohr 10 October 2002 Galaxy Clusters, Dark Energy and Structure Formation
Adam Riess 25 October 2001 Cosmological Implications of the Highest Redshift Supernova (Known)
Brian Schmidt 23 March 2000 Probing the Transient Universe From the Outside In
James Herrnstein 13 May 1999 The NGC4258 Water Maser: A Unique Window into the Sub-Parsec-Scale World of an Active Galactic Nucleus
Lincoln Greenhill 06 May 1999 X Marks the Spot: Masers and Dynamics in Regions of High-Mass Star Format