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Project Scientist Edward Stone in front of a full-size model of one Voyager probe - Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

TMT Executive Director Dr. Edward Stone Receives 2019 Shaw Prize in Astronomy

Pasadena, CA – 26 September 2019 – TMT International Observatory Executive Director, Dr. Edward C. Stone, has been awarded the prestigious 2019 Shaw Prize in Astronomy for his leadership on the Voyager project. The international award honors excellent accomplishments in three categories: Astronomy, Life Science and Medicine, and Mathematical Sciences.

Stone has served as the project scientist for NASA's Voyager mission since 1972. The Voyager project consists of two spacecrafts launched in 1977 to explore the farthest reaches of our solar system. Under Stone’s leadership, the Voyager project has transformed our understanding of the four giant planets of our system (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune), as well as the outer solar system.

The Voyager’s scientific accomplishments, as well as its duration of over four decades, make it an unparalleled mission. The Voyager mission is managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.

Professor Stone, former JPL Director and Vice Provost for Special Projects at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), currently holds the position of David Morrisroe Professor of Physics at Caltech and is on the Board of the Thirty Meter Telescope project.

Congratulations to Ed Stone for these historic scientific achievements and vital discoveries. An exceptional leader and inspirational figure in the field of space science, he has led and coordinated outstanding contributions in academic and scientific research.


For a documentary of the Shaw Prize in Astronomy, highlighting Dr Stone, his work, his life and his family, click here: (Note: The movie is best viewed in Chrome or Safari browsers.)


For a video of the Shaw Prize ceremony held in Hong Kong on Wednesday, 25 September 2019, click here:

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