Tielens studied astronomy at Leiden University with the degree in 1982 and was followed several years at the Ames Research Center of NASA , interrupted by the time 1985 to 1989 at the University of California, Berkeley . From 1997 he taught astrophysics at the University of Groningen (professor 2004) and was at the Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON). In 2005 he was also back at the Ames Research Center, but remained an associate professor in Groningen. In 2009 he became a professor in Leiden.
He pioneered the role of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in interstellar clouds of gas and dust, and was one of the first to recognize the important role these large molecules play in interstellar matter chemistry. He also discovered that much of the interstellar gas resides in photodissociation regions near stars.
In 2012 he received the Spinoza Prize and in 2009 an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC).
- Tielens: Interstellar Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Molecules , Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Volume 46, 2008, pp. 289-337
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Tielens, Alexander Godfried Gerardus Maria|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Dutch astronomer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||1953|