Silverman Family Career Development Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Anna Frebel is the Silverman ('68) Family Career Development Professor and Assistant Professor in the Astrophysics Division of the Physics Department at MIT. Originally from Germany, she received her PhD from the Australian National University's Mt. Stromlo Observatory. Following postdoctoral work at the University of Texas at Austin and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Frebel joined the MIT physics faculty in 2012. She has taught Astrophysics and Classical Mechanics, and mentors research students. For her research in the oldest stars in the universe and the early evolution of the chemical elements she received awards such as the 2007 Charlene Heisler Prize (Astronomical Society of Australia), the 2009 Ludwig-Biermann young astronomer award (German Astronomical Society) and the 2010 Annie Jump Cannon Award (Americal Astronomical Society). In 2013 she received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, in 2016 she was named one of ScienceNews Magazine's 10 scientists to watch. Frebel also enjoys communicating science to the public, lately through her popular science book "Searching for the oldest stars: Ancient Relics from the Early Universe".