Vicky Kalogera

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Vassiliki Kalogera
Serres, Greece
Alma materUniversity of Thessaloniki
Spouse(s)Fred Rasio
AwardsDannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics (2018)
Hans Bethe Prize (2016)
Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award (2008)
Annie Jump Cannon Award in Astronomy (2002)
Scientific career
Fieldsgravitational waves
InstitutionsNorthwestern University
WebsiteNorthwestern University
Director of CIERA at Northwestern University

Vassiliki Kalogera is a Greek astrophysicist. She is a professor at Northwestern University and the Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA). She is a leading member of the LIGO Collaboration that observed gravitational waves in 2015.

Kalogera is a leading theorist in the study of gravitational waves, the emission of X-rays from compact binary objects and the coalescence of neutron-star binaries.

Early life and education[edit]

Kalogera was born in 1975 in Serres, Greece. She received her B.S. degree in physics in 1992 from the University of Thessaloniki. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign for graduate school, where she completed her Ph.D. in astronomy in 1997. She joined the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics as a CfA postdoctoral fellow and was awarded the Clay Fellowship in 2000. She joined the faculty in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University in 2001.[1]

Career and research[edit]

Kalogera is the E.O. Haven Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University. She serves as the Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA). Her current research covers[2] a range a topics in theoretical astrophysics, including the study of gravitational waves detected by LIGO, the development of models for X-ray binaries, LSST, and predicting the progenitors of supernovae.[3]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2002, Kalogera won the American Astronomical Society's Annie Jump Cannon Award, which recognizes outstanding research for a postdoctoral woman researcher.[4]

In 2008, she received the American Physical Society's Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award for her study of evolution and fate of compact binary objects.[5]

In 2016 she was awarded the Hans Bethe Prize of the American Physical Society (APS) for her contributions to the study of the electromagnetic and gravitational wave radiation from binary compact objects.[6]

In 2018 she was awarded the Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics for her work studying black holes, neutron stars and white dwarfs in astrophysical systems.[7]

Kalogera serves on the board of the LSST.[3]

Kalogera was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in May 2018.[8]


  1. ^ "Vicky Kalogera - Unlocks the secrets of the Universe". Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Kalogera Research Group". Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b "8 Greek scientists In the team that detected for the third time gravitational waves". Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Annie Jump Cannon Award in Astronomy". American Astronomical Society. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  5. ^ "2008 Maria Goeppert Mayer Award Recipient". American Physical Society. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  6. ^ "2016 Hans A. Bethe Prize Recipient". American Physical Society. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  7. ^ Jon Yates (10 January 2018). "Vicky Kalogera wins 2018 Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics". Northwestern University. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  8. ^ Megan Fellman and Hilary Hurd Anyaso (2 May 2018). "Vicky Kalogera, Christopher Kuzawa elected to National Academy of Sciences". Northwestern University. Retrieved 5 February 2019.