Baron Martin Rees of Ludlow was awarded the Bohdan Paczyński Medal by the Polish Astronomical Society in recognition of his scientific achievements in the field of astronomy and astrophysics. This is the highest individual award given by the Polish Astronomical Society, named after a renowned Polish astronomer and leading scientist in the theory of the evolution of stars, accretion discs and gamma ray bursts – Bohdan Paczyński (1940 - 2007).
To celebrate the occasion, Sarah Tiffin, Deputy Head of Mission, organised a cocktail reception after the award ceremony. Over forty people from academia business and administration attended, including Prof. Bożena Czerny, Head of the Polish Astronomical Society and Prof. Marek Chmielewski, Deputy Director of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Martin John Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow is a British cosmologist and astrophysicist. He has been Astronomer Royal since 1995 and was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge from 2004 to 2012 and President of the Royal Society between 2005 and 2010. As well as expanding his scientific interests, Rees has written and spoken extensively about the problems and challenges of the 21st century, and the interfaces between science, ethics and politics.