Warsaw, Poland — Professor Aleksander Wolszczan will give his keynote speech directly after the Opening Ceremony on Monday 20th June. Prof. Wolszczan is an astrophysicist whose research interests focus on astronomy of planets beyond the Solar System. He is best known for his discovery, in 1992, and a subsequent confirmation, of the first planets orbiting a star other than the Sun. He is also a discoverer and co-discoverer of many pulsars and giant planets around evolved stars. Over the years, Prof. Wolszczan has received many other awards granted to outstanding World’s researchers and scientists. His image is featured on one of the series of sixteen postage stamps issued in Poland in 2001 to commemorate the Polish Millenium.
Prof. Wolszczan is also a corresponding member of the Polish Academy of Sciences, a member of the American Astronomical Society, the International Union of Radio Science, and the International Astronomical Union. Currently, he lives and works at the Pennsylvania State University and Penn State’s Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds.
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