Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research
Research Medal Award Winner
John L. Tonry
Institute for Astronomy
John L. Tonry is a professor with the Institute for Astronomy. Tonry’s research and publications are bringing worldwide respect to the astronomy program at the University of Hawaii.
His research on distant supernovae led to the discovery that the universe is accelerating in its expansion. The American Astronomical Society cited this research as one of the most important scientific discoveries in the past several decades. In addition, Tonrys work with astronomical instrumentation led to a revolutionary new telescope design, which promises to keep the university at the forefront of astronomical discovery.
The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research is awarded by the Board of Regents in recognition of scholarly contributions that expand the boundaries of knowledge and enrich the lives of students and the community. The board also awards the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching.
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