Cameron Mackie has been awarded a double prize for his dissertation
Cameron Mackie has been awarded both the Dissertation prize of the Laboratory Astrophysics division of the American Astronomical Society and the Dissertation prize of the Astrochemistry subdivision of the American Chemical Society for his thesis entitled "The Anharmonic Infrared Spectra of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons".
Cameron graduated March 2018 and his outstanding thesis can be well summarized in one sentence: "A quantum chemist's view of the aromatic Universe: accurate infrared spectra of highly vibrationally excited polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon molecules?. These two prizes exemplify well the unique bridge that Cameron forged between astronomy and chemistry. His research was conducted in the context of the Dutch Astrochemistry Network, a collaboration between astronomy and chemistry groups in the Netherlands all interested in the origin and evolution of molecules in space and their role in the evolution of the Universe.