McMaster professor to join JHU Society of Scholars

By Matt Terry, April 3, 2009

    Ralph Pudritz, director of McMaster's Origins Institute, will be inducted into the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars. File photo.
Johns Hopkins University is honouring one of McMaster's own at the school's next commencement ceremony.

Ralph Pudritz, director of McMaster's Origins Institute, will be inducted into the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Society of Scholars on May 20 in Baltimore, Maryland.

"I am very honoured by this award," says Pudritz. "I had a very productive and interesting time doing research at Johns Hopkins University."

A world renowned expert on star formation, astrophysical jets and outflows, and the properties of molecular clouds, Pudritz has published many works and is a widely sought after speaker on star formation and astrobiology.

Former colleague Colin Norman in the Center for Astrophysical Sciences and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at JHU writes in his nomination that Pudritz's work is widely cited and that, "his career has continued on a brilliant path."

The induction into the society takes place at the JHU main campus and is followed by dinner for inductees at the home of the president of the society. Pudritz will also be recognized at the university's commencement exercises.

The Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars inducts post-doctoral fellows and junior or visiting faculty who have gained distinction in the fields of physical, biological, medical, social or engineering sciences, or in the humanities.