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Encyclopedia > Fulvio Melia
Fulvio Melia
Born 2 August 1956
Gorizia, Italy
Residence United States
Nationality American
Italian
Field Physicist
Astrophysicist
Institutions University of Arizona
Alma mater Melbourne University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Academic advisor Paul Joss and Saul Rappaport
Notable students Marco Fatuzzo
Ranjeev Misra
Peter Tamblyn
Marcus Boyd
Jack Hall
Sergei Nayakshin
Robert Coker
Sera Markoff
Michael Fromerth
Siming Liu
Gabriel Rockefeller
Known for High Energy Astronomy, supermassive black holes
Notable prizes Presidential Young Investigator Award (from President Ronald Reagan) (1988), Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellow (1989), Sir Thomas Lyle Fellow (1998), Miegunyah Fellow (1999)

Fulvio Melia (born 2 August 1956) is an Italian-American physicist/astrophysicist and author. He is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Arizona and Associate Editor of the Astrophysical Journal Letters. A former Presidential Young Investigator and Sloan Research Fellow, he is the author of six books and more than 230 articles on theoretical astrophysics. August 2 is the 214th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (215th in leap years), with 151 days remaining. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Gorizia (Slovenian: Gorica, German: Görz, Friulian: Gurize) is a small town at the foot of the Alps, in northeastern Italy, on the border with Slovenia. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... ... An astrophysicist is a person whose profession is astrophysics. ... The University of Arizona (UA or U of A) is a land-grant and space-grant public institution of higher education and research located in Tucson, Arizona, United States. ... The University of Melbourne, located in Melbourne, in Victoria, is the second oldest university in Australia (the University of Sydney is the oldest). ... The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private, coeducational research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... High energy astronomy is the study of astronomical objects that release EM radiation of highly energetic wavelengths. ... Top: artists conception of a supermassive black hole drawing material from a nearby star. ... Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981 – 1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967 – 1975). ... August 2 is the 214th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (215th in leap years), with 151 days remaining. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... ... An astrophysicist is a person whose profession is astrophysics. ... The University of Arizona (UA or U of A) is a land-grant and space-grant public institution of higher education and research located in Tucson, Arizona, United States. ... The Astrophysical Journal is one of the foremost research journals devoted to recent developments, discoveries, and theories in astronomy and astrophysics. ...


Career

Melia was educated at Melbourne University and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and held a post-doctoral research position at the University of Chicago before taking an assistant professorship at Northwestern University in 1987. Moving to the University of Arizona in 1991, he became an associate professor and then a full professor in 1993. From 1988 to 1995, he was a Presidential Young Investigator (selected by President Ronald Reagan), and then an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow from 1989 to 1992. He became a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2002. He is also a Professorial Fellow in the School of Physics, Melbourne University. The University of Melbourne, located in Melbourne, in Victoria, is the second oldest university in Australia (the University of Sydney is the oldest). ... The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT, is a research and educational institution located in the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. MIT is a widely renowned leader in science and technology, as well as in many other fields, including management, economics, linguistics, political science, and philosophy. ... The University of Chicago is an elite private university located principally in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. ... Northwestern University is a private, coeducational, non-sectarian research university, located in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois. ... The University of Arizona (UA or U of A) is a land-grant and space-grant public institution of higher education and research located in Tucson, Arizona, United States. ... Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981 – 1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967 – 1975). ... The American Physical Society was founded in 1899 and is the worlds second largest organization of physicists. ... The University of Melbourne, located in Melbourne, in Victoria, is the second oldest university in Australia (the University of Sydney is the oldest). ...


From 1996 to 2002, he was a Scientific Editor with the Astrophysical Journal, and since then has been an Associate Editor with the Astrophysical Journal Letters. He is also the Chief Editor of the Theoretical Astrophysics series of books at the University of Chicago Press. The Astrophysical Journal is one of the foremost research journals devoted to recent developments, discoveries, and theories in astronomy and astrophysics. ... The Astrophysical Journal is one of the foremost research journals devoted to recent developments, discoveries, and theories in astronomy and astrophysics. ... The University of Chicago Press is the largest university press in the U.S. It is operated by the University of Chicago and publishes a wide variety of academic titles, including The Chicago Manual of Style, dozens of academic journals including Critical Inquiry, and a wide array of texts covering...


In a career that has seen him publish over 230 research papers and several books, Melia has made important contributions in High Energy Astronomy and the physics of supermassive black holes. He is especially known for his work on the Galactic center, particularly developing a theoretical understanding of the central supermassive black hole, known as Sagittarius A*. With his students and collaborators, he was the first to propose imaging this object with millimeter-interferometry, which should be feasible within a few years, proving beyond any doubt that it possesses an event horizon, as predicted by Einstein's theory of general relativity. He is also a well-respected and popular publicist of astronomy and science in general, delivering many lectures at public venues, including museums and planetariums. His books have won several awards of distinction, including the designation of Outstanding Academic Books by the American Library Association, and selection as world-wide astronomy books of the year by Astronomy (magazine). High energy astronomy is the study of astronomical objects that release EM radiation of highly energetic wavelengths. ... Physics (Greek: (phúsis), nature and (phusiké), knowledge of nature) is the science concerned with the fundamental laws of the universe. ... Top: artists conception of a supermassive black hole drawing material from a nearby star. ... The Galactic Center is the rotational center of the Milky Way galaxy. ... Sagittarius A* (pronounced A-star) is a bright and very compact source of radio emission at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, part of a larger astronomical feature at that location (Sagittarius A). ... General relativity (GR) [also called the general theory of relativity (GTR) and general relativity theory (GRT)] is the geometrical theory of gravitation published by Albert Einstein in 1915/16. ... A giant Hubble mosaic of the Crab Nebula, a supernova remnant Astronomy is the science of celestial objects (such as stars, planets, comets, and galaxies) and phenomena that originate outside the Earths atmosphere (such as auroras and cosmic background radiation). ... Part of a scientific laboratory at the University of Cologne. ... ALA Logo The American Library Association (ALA) is a group based in the United States that promotes libraries and library education internationally. ... Astronomy is a monthly American magazine dealing with issues about astronomy. ...


Books

  • Electrodynamics 2001, University of Chicago Press, ISBN 0-226-51957-0 (Cloth), ISBN 0-226-51958-9 (Paper)
  • The Black Hole at the Center of Our Galaxy 2003, Princeton University Press, ISBN 978-0-691-09505-9 (Cloth)
    Il Buco Nero al Centro della Nostra Galassia 2005, Bollati Boringhieri, COD 9788833916088 (Paper)
  • The Edge of Infinity. Supermassive Black Holes in the Universe 2003, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0-521-81405-8 (Cloth)
    Na Skraju Nieskonczonosci 2005, Wydawnictwo Amber, ISBN 83-241-2296-0 (Cloth)
  • The Galactic Supermassive Black Hole 2007, Princeton University Press, ISBN 978-0-691-13129-0 (Paper), ISBN 978-0-691-09535-6 (Cloth)
  • High-Energy Astrophysics 2008, John Wiley & Sons
  • Cracking the Einstein Code 2008, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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External links

  • Fulvio Melia's website

 
 

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