Hector RCD Awardee Dylan Nelson won the MERAC Prize for the best early career researcher
Hector RCD Awardee Dylan Nelson is one of three winners of the 2023 MERAC Prize of the European Astronomical Society for the best early career researcher. He is awarded for his leading role in computational astrophysics, in particular for the IllustrisTNG series of cosmological simulations and his work to enable their widespread use. All awardees will give a plenary lecture at the European Astronomical Society annual meeting 2023 to be held in Krakow, Poland, from 10 to 14 July 2023.
Dr. Nelson is an Emmy Noether research group leader at the Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics within the Center for Astronomy (ITA/ZAH) of Heidelberg University. He is leader of the IllustrisTNG project, a next generation of cosmological magnetohydrodynamical simulations. His research group specializes in computational galaxy formation and evolution, designing and carrying out numerical simulations to better understand how galaxies grow across cosmic time. Dylan's research focuses on how gas flows: in to, out of, and around galaxies. His interests include the cosmic baryon cycle, the circumgalactic medium, and energetic feedback processes.
Since 2021, Dylan Nelson is Hector Research Career Development Awardee.