IOP Ireland Earnshaw Award

29 August 2017 | Source: IOP Ireland Earnshaw Award

This year’s winner of the IOP Ireland Earnshaw Award for the best final year undergraduate project is Anton Feeney-Johansson of Trinity College Dublin. Anton’s project entitled ‘Imaging the Inner and Outer Wind of the Closest Red Supergiant with the Jansky VLA’ was carried out with a research group in the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) under the supervision of Dr Eamon O’Gorman. 

His work entailed measuring the temperature of the atmosphere of the red supergiant, Antares using data from the Very Large Array, a radio telescope, in New Mexico.

Anton, a former pupil at Wesley College Dublin, is starting a PhD in radio astronomy in September with Prof. Tom Ray in DIAS. He will be presented with his award at the IOP Ireland Christmas Reception in December.

This year 10 colleges submitted projects for consideration for the award. The prize is named for John Earnshaw who was a professor of physics in Queen’s University Belfast and head of the Plasma and Laser Interaction Group. Prof Earnshaw died in a hill walking accident in the Mournes in 1999.

Full list of Earnshaw Award winners on our website