William L Kraushaar Professor of Astronomy & Physics,
Department of Physics
University of Wisconsin-Madison
A theoretical physicist with a specialty in plasma physics, Dr. Zweibel has a broad research program in plasma astrophysics that spans the study of the sun and stars; the formation, evolution and structure of galaxies; and the physics of galaxy clusters.
She has won the APS 2016 James Clerk Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics, citing her “seminal research on the energetics, stability and dynamics of astrophysical plasmas, including those related to stars and galaxies, and for leadership in linking plasma and other astrophysical phenomena.”