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First AXAF Fellowships Awarded

March 11, 1998


The AXAF (Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility) Science Center has announced the selection of five scientists to inaugurate the AXAF Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Competition for the fellowships was open to all recent astronomy and astrophysics graduates worldwide. The AXAF Fellows will work for three years at a host astronomical institution in the United States where they will investigate topics broadly related to the scientific mission of AXAF.

Additional AXAF Fellows will be selected each year over the course of the program. The AXAF Fellowship Program is a joint venture between NASA and the AXAF Science Center in cooperation with the host institutions. The AXAF Science Center is operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts and funded by NASA through the Marshall Space Flight Center.

"We are elated at the outstanding group of Fellows," said Harvey Tananbaum, the Director of the AXAF Science Center. "They will be working during the exciting period when the first X-ray images will be received from AXAF."

Nancy Remage Evans, AXAF Fellowship Program Coordinator added, "The program will also encourage AXAF related work at institutions throughout the United States."

An independent panel of scientists selected the honorees. The first AXAF Fellows and the host institutions at which they will hold their fellowships are: David Buote (University of California, Santa Cruz), Tiziana Di Matteo (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), Ann Esin (California Institute of Technology), Joseph Mohr (University of Chicago), and Edward Moran (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

AXAF, the third of NASA's Great Observatories after the Hubble Space Telescope and the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, is the largest and most sophisticated X-ray telescope ever built. When it is launched in December of this year, AXAF's high resolution will provide new information about exploding stars, black holes, colliding galaxies, and other extremely hot regions of the universe.

Further information about the AXAF satellite is available at the World Wide Web at

Further information about the Fellowship program is available at

Supplemental Information on 1998 AXAF Fellows:

  • David Buote graduated from MIT, Cambridge MA 02139
  • Tiziana DiMatteo graduated from Cambridge University, Cambridge CB30HA UK
  • Ann Esin graduated from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138
  • Joseph Mohr graduated from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138
  • Edward Moran graduated from Columbia University, New York City, NY 10027


Wallace Tucker
AXAF Science Center
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Cambridge, MA
(Phone: 760-728-7103)

Nancy Evans
AXAF Science Center
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Cambridge, MA
(Phone: 617-495-7146)