Awards and Honors

Klingelhöfer Awarded 2007 Helmholtz Prize
(Published June 2007)

Göstar Klingelhöfer of Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz received this year’s prestigious Helmholtz Prize for Metrology, which is endowed with €20,000. The awards ceremony was held on June 18 in the Dornse of the Braunschweig Altstadtrathaus. As most in the Mössbauer community are aware, Dr. Klingelhöfer and his team were successful in developing an approximately 100-fold miniaturized version of a Mössbauer spectrometer, which was included in the NASA Mars Missions (launched in June 2003, landed in January 2004, and working wonderfully since then).

For this technical accomplishment and the quality of measurement possible with it, the Helmholtz Prize for Metrology was awarded to Dr. Klingelhöfer by the Helmholtz-Fonds (Helmholtz Foundation) together with the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Science and Humanities in Germany).

Our congratulations to Göstar!

De Grave Elected Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America
(Published November 2006)

On October 21, 2006, Professor Eddy De Grave of the Vakgroep Subatomaire en Stralingsfysica at Universiteit Gent, Belgium, was elected a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America by the Council of the Society. The fellowship is granted “for significant contributions to the fields of mineralogy, petrology and crystallography.” The contributions of Professor De Grave concern primarily Mössbauer spectroscopy.

Our congratulations to Eddy!

Scorzelli Honored by the International Astronomical Union
(Published September 2006)

In the last Meteoritical Society meeting, Rosa Bernstein Scorzelli of the Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, received an homage in recognition of her Mössbauer work on metallic meteorites. The International Astronomical Union gave Scorzelli’s name to a metallic asteroid: 7735 SCORZELLI (1980 UL1).

Rosa Scorzelli is a meteoriticist whose research has focused on Mössbauer studies of metallic meteorites to understand the complex cooling histories they experienced during the core formation of minor planets.

The asteroid was discovered on October 31, 1980, by S. J. Bus at the Palomar Observatory at the California Institute of Technology. Its size is Hv (absolute magnitude) = 12.3, with an estimated diameter of about 10-21 km (assuming albedo range of 0.05 – 0.20). Its orbital parameters include a semi-major axis equal to 2.760 AU, eccentricity of 0.1649, and an inclination of 8.26º.

The orbit diagram of Asteroid 7735 Scorzelli is shown below (the orbit diagram was produced using Further details concerning the asteroid, including its current location, can be found at: <>.

Our congratulations to Rosa!

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