An astrophysicist at UC Santa Cruz has won a prestigious fellowship from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Charlie Conroy, an assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics, has been awarded the Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering. The award gives Conroy $875,000 over the course of the next five years to finance his research on the evolution of galaxies. According to a press release from UCSC, Conroy’s research is focused on how galaxies turn gas into stars and how those stars create the elements necessary for planets and life to arise.
By studying both nearby and distant galaxies, Conroy hopes to be able to chart the evolution of “elemental abundances in galaxies over cosmic time and build a new framework to understand how galaxies and their stellar and elemental constituents evolve.”
Conroy is the 10th UCSC faculty member to receive the fellowship. Earlier this year, he was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship. He earned his doctorate in astrophysics at Princeton University and was a junior fellow at Harvard University before coming to UCSC in 2012.