RAS Awards: recipients profiles: Lidia van Driel-Gesztelyi

Lidia van Driel-Gesztelyi
Lidia van Driel-Gesztelyi
Lidia van Driel-Gesztelyi
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I am a professor at University College London, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, in the solar physics group.

I was awarded the RAS 2015 Award for Service to Geophysics.

I have done mainly observation-based research in many different areas of solar physics, always some way linked to solar magnetic fields: their evolution, structure, how they heat the solar atmosphere, and how they drive solar activity which can take many forms. I very much enjoy working as part of a team, as I thrive on scientific discussion.

I also enjoy teaching and working with students. Since nearly 15 years I edit the journal Solar Physics. During this long time, I have assisted the publication of well above thousand articles – I read them all, and not only once. Besides the regular academic activities of refereeing, sitting on boards, panels, and committees, I particularly enjoy playing various roles in our big family, the International Astronomical Union. I have worked in IAU commissions and divisions, and eventually became president of Division E (Sun and Heliosphere).

I started my research career at Debrecen Observatory in my native Hungary. I then worked at various universities in The Netherlands, Belgium, Japan, France, and the UK – usually in more than one country at the same time, linking different research groups and communities. The latter was recognized by Paris Observatory, honouring me with a Doctor Honoris Causa title in 2017.