Guinevere Kauffmann

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Guinevere Kauffmann
Born 1968
Residence Flag of Germany.svg Germany
Fields Astrophysics
Institutions MPI for Extraterrestrial Physics,
MPI for Astrophysics
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Notable awards Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (2007)
Spouse Simon White

Dr Guinevere Alice Mei-Ing Kauffmann is an American astrophysicist.

Academic career[edit]

Kauffmann obtained a BSc(Hons) in applied mathematics at the University of Cape Town in 1988 and a MSc in astronomy in 1990. She obtained her Ph.D in astronomy at the University of Cambridge in 1993, working with Simon White.

She was a member of the Miller Research Fellows program at the University of California, Berkeley and was then employed as a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics and the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics. She became head of a research team at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in 2003. As of 2013, she is one of the directors of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics.

Her areas of research interest include models of galaxy formation, analysis of observed properties of galaxies including their atomic and molecular gas, active galactic nuclei, and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.[1]

Dr. Kauffmann has coordinated a Marie Curie Research Training Network of the European Union that brought together researchers from all over Europe for interdisciplinary projects.[2]


In 2007, Dr Kauffmann received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, which is the highest honour awarded in German research.

In 2009, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[3]

In April 2010, she was awarded with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, with the Cross of Merit (on ribbon) and the certificate in the name of the German President. The award ceremony was carried out by Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer on 21 April 2010.[4]

In 2010, she was elected to the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

In 2012, she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences of the USA.