Ehud Nakar is a full professor, incumbent of the Jack Adler Chair of Extragalactic Astronomy, at the School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel Aviv University. He completed his PhD studies in physics at the Hebrew University in 2004. Following four years as a senior research fellow at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Nakar joined the faculty of Tel Aviv University. Nakar’s research focuses on theory of high-energy astrophysics. Nakar studies the physics in the most extreme environments in the Universe, where flows of matter and energy moves at speeds that are close to the speed of light. His current research focuses on the coalescence of two neutron stars. The first such coalescence was recently detected through gravitational wave and electromagnetic emission. The combination of these signals carries information about the nature of gravity, the evolution of the Universe, and the origin of heavy elements found on Earth (such as gold, silver and many others). Nakar’s work has been contributing to the understanding of the physical processes that take place during these mergers.
Prof. Nakar is alumni of the Israeli Young Academy. His numerous grants and awards include the European Union Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship for doctoral students, the Israeli Physical Society Prize for a Young Physicist, and two European Research Council (ERC) grants.