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Honolulu Scholar Receives Trumpler Award for Important PhD

Posted on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

ARCS Scholar H. Jabran Zahid has received the Robert J. Trumpler Award, given by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific to recognize a recent PhD thesis considered unusually important to astronomy.

Jabran Zahid headshotZahid’s thesis work measured the chemical evolution of galaxies using existing and new data from large extragalactic surveys and compared these results with the predictions of cosmological simulations. He completed his PhD at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa's Institute for Astronomy in 2014, one year after receiving the ARCS Foundation Honolulu Chapter's Columbia Communications scholar award. He is now a Clay Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Highly motivated to understand his observational results from a theoretical perspective, Zahid extended this work by developing the theoretical links between galactic chemical evolution, dust and star formation in galaxies.

IfA Director Guenther Hasinger stated, “Jabran embarked on his PhD thesis with extraordinary drive, innate ability and independence. His thesis work yielded nine first-author refereed journal articles that comprehensively span observations and theory and has already been cited by other researchers more than 250 times.”