Feryal Özel (born May 27, 1975), Turkish astrophysicist.
His research interests are in black holes, neutron stars and theoretical astrophysics. Having shaped his academic career at US universities such as Columbia, Harvard and Princeton, he has been at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Neils Bohr Institute in Denmark. He has been working at NASA since 2001. He was recognized in 2003 when he was included in the "Big Ideas" list along with the world's most well-known scientists.
The Modeling and Analysis Working Group, headed by Özel, who works on imaging black holes that Albert Einstein mentioned in the Theory of Relativity but cannot be seen because they swallow telescope beams, combines millions of data obtained from different telescopes. In 2019, he managed to take out a single photo.
He was born in 1975 in Istanbul. Feryal Özel, whose parents are doctors, graduated from Üsküdar American High School (1992) and received his Physics and Applied Mathematics education at Columbia University in 1995, second place and High Honor Degree. He spent the following year at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, and at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he completed his master's degree in physics.
After a year spent in Europe, he returned to the USA and was accepted to Harvard University's doctoral program. She completed her PhD in astrophysics in 2002. She married astrophysicist Demetrios Psaltis in 2001 she. They had two daughters, Deniz and Selin, from this marriage.
Private, who moved to Tucson, Arizona in the last year of his doctoral program and won a Hubble post-doctoral fellowship, worked at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies in 2002-2005. He was recognized for his inclusion in the "Big Ideas" list in 5, along with the world's most renowned scientists, and for his contributions to the field of Neutron stars, black holes, and magnetars. He continues his studies at the University of Arizona.
He is a member of the Academy of Sciences. He has received numerous awards for his work in astrophysics. In addition to his scientific studies, he publishes science articles in popular publications and frequently takes part in documentary programs on PBS, History Channel and CNN channels. He is an active athlete, runs marathons and tirathlons.
Awards and Scholarships
- Breakthrough Award (with the Event Horizon telescope team), 2020
- Metu Distinguished Service Award, 2019
- Guggenheim Fellow award, Guggenheim Foundation, 2016
- American Physical Society Maria Goeppert Meyer Award, 2013* University of California Berkeley Miller Institute Visiting Fellow, 2014
- Harvard Radcliffe Institute award
- San Diego Astronomical Society Lucas Award, 2010
- Harvard University Bart J. Bok Award, 2010
- Turkish Scientific and Technical Research Foundation Academic Scholarship, 2007
- Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2002-2005
- Distinguished Scientist Award, Daughters Atatürk Foundation, 2003
- Keck Fellowship, Institute for Advanced Study, 2002
- Van Vleck Fellowship, Harvard University, 1999
- Kostrup Prize, Niels Bohr Institute, 1997
- Niels Bohr Institute Graduate Scholarship, 1996-1997
- 1996 Faculty of Applied Mathematics Award, Columbia University, 1996
- Fu Foundation Fellowship, Columbia University, 1994-1996
- CERN Research Fellowship, 1995
- Turkish Health and Education Foundation Scholarship, 1992-1994