I'm Chris

professor at Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

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Current project

One of the most important predictions of Einstein General Relativity Theory were gravitational waves….

Current Team:

lead: Chris Belczynski
postdoc: Iwona Kotko (X-ray binaries)
postdoc: Alex Gormaz-Matamala (stellar winds)
Ph.D. student: Aleksandra Olejak (LIGO/Virgo gravitational-wave sources)
Ph.D. student: Amedeo Romagnolo (MESA evolutionary simulation) 
Krzysztof Piszczek (IT support, distributed computing)
Katarzyna Drewniany (WEB design, graphic support)

Pawel Drozda (2018-2020): Master Degree on kilonovae
Jakub Klencki (2015-2017): Master Degree on black holes
Martyna Chruslinska (2015-2017): Master Degree on neutron stars
Mira Grudzinska (2014-2016): Master Degree on binaries with black holes
Krystian Ilkiewicz (2013-2015): Master Degree on symbiotic binaries
Grzegorz Wiktorowicz (2012-2017): Ph.D. on X-ray sources
Michal Dominik (2010-2016): Master Degree and Ph.D. on LIGO/Virgo sources
Aleksander Sadowski (2005-2010): Master Degree on black holes in clusters
Ashley Ruiter (2005-2009): Ph.D. on supernovae Ia

Science Career

2017-now professor at the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

2014: Profesor of Physical Sciences, title from President of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski

2010-2017: associate professor, Astronomical Observatory of the University of Warsaw, Poland

2010: Habilitation: the University of Warsaw, Poland

2007-2010: Oppenheimer Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, USA

2004-2007: Tombaugh Fellow at Dept. of Astronomy, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, USA

2001-2004: Lindheimer Fellow at Dept. of Physics and Astrophysics, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA

2001: Ph.D., ”Population Synthesis in Modern Astrophysical Applications” The Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

2000-2001: pre-doctoral fellowship, SAO/Center for Astrophysics at Harvard University, Boston, USA

1996: Master Degree: „Modeling of Light Curves of Symbiotic Binaries”, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland

Awards, Fellowships, Grants

Maria Sklodowska-Curie Science Award of The Polish Academy of Sciences


Polish Physical Society Prize (Virgo/Poland group)


Gruber Cosmology Prize, USA (LIGO/Virgo team members)


Special Breakthrough Prize in Physics, USA (LIGO/Virgo Collaboration)


”Group Science Award” from Warsaw University President


Publication statistics

number of papers: 341
first author 74
high impact papers: 56
first author 14
citations: 29,700
the most cited paper: 7,700, the most cited first author paper: 787
H-index: 74, H1-index: 35
(time from Ph.D.: 21 years)


My hobbies and travels outside of science

  • Snowboarding Mt. Yotei

    This is a small project to climb a volcano in northern Japan and snowboard down it. It is located on Hokkaido Island and I...
  • norway by bicycle

    The idea emerges on one of the long windy bike rides along Vistula river in Warsaw, Poland. I plan to start at the Arctic...


Name: Chris Belczynski
E-mail: chrisbelczynski@gmail.com
Address: Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences ul. Bartycka 18 00-716 Warszawa
Phone: +48 602 234 880