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28-09-2012
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A new member of the International Academy of Astronautics

Submitter: Zsolt Paragi
Description: Radio astronomy and exploration of space are intertwined in many ways, not least via scientists working in the interdisciplinary areas of astrophysics and space science. Not surprisingly, one can see a number of astronomers among the members of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA, http://iaaweb.org). The IAA, founded in 1960, has brought together the world's foremost experts in a broad range of disciplines covering various aspects of astronautics and recognizing the accomplishments of their peers in space research and technology, the vision and guidance in the non-military uses of space and the on-going exploration of the solar system.

This year, among six newly elected IAA Corresponding Members of the Basic Sciences section, we are happy to see our colleague, senior staff member of JIVE, Leonid Gurvits. Leonid has worked in the border¯ areas of radio astronomy and space science for his entire carrier. Currently, as the Head of JIVE's Space Science and Innovative Applications group, Leonid leads various space-flavoured¯ radio astronomy studies that range from VLBI support of planetary and space science missions to development and exploitation of space-based radio astronomy facilities.

To our best knowledge, Leonid is the first from the sterrenwacht in Dwingeloo to be awarded with the prestigious membership in the IAA. Congratulations, Leonid!
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