Ed van den Heuvel

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Ed van den Heuvel
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Ed van den Heuvel, July 2007
Born (1940-11-02) 2 November 1940 (age 78)
Soest, Netherlands
Alma materUtrecht University
Known forcompact objects, gamma ray bursts
AwardsSpinoza Prize (1995), Descartes Prize (2002)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Amsterdam
WebsiteWebsite of Ed van den Heuvel

Edward Peter Jacobus (Ed) van den Heuvel (born 2 November 1940 in Soest) is a Dutch astronomer and emeritus professor at the Astronomical Institute Anton Pannekoek of the University of Amsterdam.[1]

Van den Heuvel is well known for his work on the formation and evolution of compact astrophysical objects such as neutron stars, black holes, and white dwarfs in binary systems, and for his investigation of gamma ray bursts.

Van den Heuvel studied mathematics, physics and astronomy at the Utrecht University. There, he obtained his PhD degree in 1968 for his research on the rotation of stars. During his career he held positions at (amongst others) the University of California, Utrecht University, Institute for Advanced Study, and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

For his work Van den Heuvel has been awarded with an Honorary Doctorate from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, the Spinozapremie (1995)[2] and the European Union Descartes Prize (2002). He has also been knighted in the Order of the Netherlands Lion. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (since 1982),[3] honorary fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Associate of the Royal Astronomical Society and honorary fellow of the Inter University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, India.


  1. ^ Nederlandse Natuurkundige Vereniging: Brief Biography of Prof. dr. Ed van den Heuvel (Accessed Jan 2011) Archived 2011-07-24 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "NWO Spinoza Prize 1995". Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. 3 September 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  3. ^ "E.P.J. van den Heuvel" (in Dutch). Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 14 July 2015.

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