The Paolo Farinella Prize is awarded annually at the Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC).
The Paolo Farinella prize was established to honour the memory and the outstanding figure of Paolo Farinella (1953–2000), an extraordinary scientist and person, in recognition of significant contributions given in the fields of interest of Farinella, which span from planetary sciences to space geodesy, fundamental physics, science popularization, and security in space, weapons control and disarmament. The winner of the prize is selected each year on the basis of his/her overall research results in a chosen field, among candidates with international and interdisciplinary collaborations, not older than 47 years, the age of Farinella when he passed away on 25 March 2000. The prize was first proposed during the ‘International Workshop on Paolo Farinella the scientist and the man’, held in Pisa in 2010, supported by the University of Pisa and by IAPS-INAF (Rome).
The 10th Paolo Farinella Prize, 2020
The 10th Paolo Farinella Prize was awarded jointely to Prof Jonathan Fortney (University of California, Santa Cruz) and Prof Heather Knutson (Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences of the California Institute of Technology) for their significant contributions in our understanding of the structure, evolution and atmospheric dynamics of giant planets. The award ceremony took place during the EPSC 2020 virtual meeting. Read the full press release announcement.
Adam P. Showman
This year the prize is also in honor of the outstanding scientific contributions of Adam Showman (1968-2020) who had accepted to be a member of the prize committee and passed away unexpectedly, leaving an immense body of theoretical work to understand the dynamics of planetary atmospheres
Watch the prize lectures by Prof Fortney and Prof Knutson:
Recipients of the Paolo Farinella Prize
The 10th Paolo Farinella Prize in 2020 was awarded to Jonathan Fortney and Heather Knutson for their contributions in our understanding of the structure, evolution and atmospheric dynamics of giant planets.
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The 9th Paolo Farinella Prize in 2019 was awarded to Scott Sheppard and Chad Trujillo for their contribution to the field of ‘Completing the Inventory of the Solar System’.
The 8th Paolo Farinella Prize in 2018 was awarded to Francis Nimmo for his contribution to the field of ‘Giant planets’ satellite systems’.
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The 7th Paolo Farinella Prize in 2017 was awarded to Simone Marchi for his contribution to the field of ‘Colliding worlds: A journey in time and space through the solar system’.
The 6th Paolo Farinella Prize in 2016 was awarded to Kleomenis Tsiganis for his contribution to the field of ‘Applications of celestial mechanics to the dynamics of planetary systems’.
The 5th Paolo Farinella Prize in 2015 was awarded to Nicolas Biver for his contribution to the field of ‘Dynamics and physics of comets’.
The 4th Paolo Farinella Prize in 2014 was awarded to David Vokrouhlicky for his contribution to the field of ‘Asteroid dynamics’.
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The 3rd Paolo Farinella Prize in 2013 was awarded to Patrick Michel for his contribution to the field of ‘Collisional processes in the Solar System’.
The inaugural Paolo Farinella Prize in 2011 was awarded to William F Bottke for his contribution to the field of ‘Physics and dynamics of small solar system bodies’.