2011 – Donald Lynden-Bell
In early work with Sandage and Eggen, he showed that the halo of our galaxy, the Milky Way, formed via a collapse. Lynden-Bell was one of the first to suggest that quasars were black holes accreting gas through an accretion disk. He was the senior member of the Seven Samurai, a group of astronomers who transformed our understanding of massive galaxies. He has also contributed profoundly to our understanding of the entropy of stellar systems.
Public Lecture: History of Giant Black Holes
Technical Talk: Energy bends space-time, does energy create it?