Earlier in the year, Kaspi was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, one of the highest honours that can be bestowed upon a scientist in that country. The Academy’s 2,000-strong membership list speaks for itself—Kaspi joins 180 living Nobel Prize winners and household names such as Albert Einstein, Alexander Graham Bell, and Thomas Edison. Kaspi and 71 others will be formally inducted into the Academy during its 148th annual meeting in Washington, D.C in April 2011.
This followed a 2010 Killam Research Fellowship from the Canada Council for the Arts that she won for her research on magnetars. She joins this year’s elite group of eight outstanding Canadian researchers.
Kaspi is a world-renowned physicist known for her cutting-edge work on neutron stars, pulsars and supernovae remnants. In 2005, Kaspi and her team discovered the fastest-rotating pulsar known to science and more than 20 pulsars in a single star cluster in the Milky Way. Most recently, her team was the first to witness a cosmic act of recycling involving a dying pulsar.