Aina Elvius, former professor at the Department of Astronomy, Stockholm University, turns 100 years old on the 26th of June. In 1956, Elvius defended her doctoral thesis at what was then Stockholm University College. The topic of her thesis was the diffraction and polarization of light in spiral galaxies. In the subsequent years, she worked in Stockholm and Uppsala and made numerous visits to the USA as a guest researcher. She was a professor at the Department of Astronomy 1979-81, thereby the first female astronomy professor in Sweden. Among her research interests, the polarization of light in galaxies as well as active galactic nuclei are prominent. Elvius has also written numerous popular science articles. Since 1975, she has been a member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Via this link, a partial bibliography of Aina Elvius can be seen.

The Department of Astronomy congratulates Aina Elvius on her centenary birthday.

The galaxy M 82 has been an important object in the research of Aina Elvius. This galaxy has lively star formation and is located 12 million light years away in the constellation Ursa Major. This image was taken with the Hubble Space Telescope. Image: NASA/ESA, Hubble Heritage Team, Gallagher, Mountain & Puxley.
The galaxy M 82 has been an important object in the research of Aina Elvius. This galaxy has lively star formation and is located 12 million light years away in the constellation Ursa Major. This image was taken with the Hubble Space Telescope. Image: NASA/ESA, Hubble Heritage Team, Gallagher, Mountain & Puxley.