Ewine van Dishoeck

Ewine Fleur van Dishoeck (born 13 June 1955 in Leiden) is a Dutch astronomer and chemist.[1] She is Professor of Molecular Astrophysics at Leiden Observatory,[1][2] and the president of the International Astronomical Union. She is one of the pioneers of astrochemistry, and her research is aimed at determination of the structure of cosmic objects using their molecular spectra.

Ewine van Dishoeck
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Ewine van Dishoeck (2014)
Born (1955-06-13) June 13, 1955 (age 65)
Spouse(s)Tim de Zeeuw
Scientific career
FieldsAstrochemistry, Astronomy, Chemistry
Doctoral advisorsH.J. Habing, Alexander Dalgarno

Van Dishoeck works on interstellar molecules; physical and chemical evolution during star formation and planet formation; submillimeter and mid-infrared astronomy; basic molecular processes; and the radiative transfer of line and continuum radiation.[1]

She was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows.[2]


Van Dishoeck was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society in 1994, the Spinoza Prize (Netherlands) in 2000,[3] and the Bourke Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) in 2001.[4] Since 2001, she is a Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences[5] as well of the United States National Academy of Sciences.[6] In 2013, she became a member of the Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.[7] She received the Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award (Sweden) in 2014,[8][9] and the Albert Einstein World Award of Science (Mexico) in 2015.[10][11][12] In 2018, Van Dishoeck was awarded the James Craig Watson Medal (US)[13] and the Kavli Prize (Norway) for astrophysics.[14] In the same year, she also has been elected an Honorary Member of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Van Dishoeck is married to Tim de Zeeuw,[2] also a professor of astronomy at Leiden University and from September 2007 to 2017, Director General of the European Southern Observatory.[16]


  1. ^ a b c "Curriculum Vitae". Retrieved 2010-01-27.
  2. ^ a b c Zagorski, N. (2006). "Profile of Ewine F. Van Dishoeck". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 103 (33): 12229–12231. Bibcode:2006PNAS..10312229Z. doi:10.1073/pnas.0604740103. PMC 1567862. PMID 16894155.
  3. ^ "NWO/Spinoza Prizes". Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. Archived from the original on 2011-08-22. Retrieved 2010-01-27.
  4. ^ "RSC Bourke Award Previous Winners". Retrieved 2010-01-27.
  5. ^ "Ewine van Dishoeck". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  6. ^ "National Academy of Sciences - Members Directory: Ewine F. van Dishoeck". Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  7. ^ Ewine van Dishoeck, Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, retrieved 2019-01-05
  8. ^ "Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award 2014, Ewine van Dishoeck". Gothenburg Physics Centre. Retrieved 2014-09-17.
  9. ^ "Astrochemist Ewine van Dishoeck receives Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award 2014". Astronomie.nl. 2014-09-19. Retrieved 2014-09-19.
  10. ^ "2015 World Cultural Council Awards". EurekAlert!. June 10, 2015. Retrieved June 10, 2015.
  11. ^ "Einstein World Award of Science voor Ewine van Dishoeck" (in Dutch). Leiden University. 10 June 2015. Archived from the original on 12 June 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  12. ^ Hämmerle, Hannelore (22 June 2015). "Two international awards for Ewine van Dishoeck". Innovations Report. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  13. ^ "News from the National Academy of Sciences". National Academy of Sciences. 17 January 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Kavli Prize for astrophysics". 2018-05-22.
  15. ^ Honorary members - website of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society
  16. ^ "ESO - Director General". Retrieved 2010-01-27.

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