The Best Thesis Prize “Emilios Harlaftis” 2023 of the Hellenic Astronomical Society awarded to Dr. Raphael Skalidis
Dr. Raphael Skalidis, graduate of the Physics Department of the University of Crete, was awarded the Best PhD thesis Prize - "Emilios Harlaftis" of the Hellenic Astronomical Society for 2023. The prize, awarded every two years, honours the memory of astrophysicist Emilios Harlaftis, who passed away in 2005 at the age of just 39, and will be presented during the upcoming conference of the Society on June 25, 2023.
His doctoral thesis, was entitled "Estimating of the magnetic field strength in the interstellar medium" it was performed with the support of the PASIPHAE research program (http://pasiphae.science) at the Institute of Astrophysics under the supervision of Prof. Konstantinos Tassis. Having already received the best doctoral student award from the Association of Friends of FORTH in 2019, and thanks to the international recognition that his thesis research results received, Dr. Skalidis had many offers as the next step of his PhD, including a Kavli Fellowship from Stanford University (USA) and a Cosmic Origins Fellowship from Chalmers University (Sweden). In the end Raphael chose Caltech, where he continues his career as a postdoctoral researcher since November 2022.