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UC Irvine News Brief: Biophysicist named Royal Institute of Navigation fellow

Thorsten Ritz, UCI associate professor of physics & astronomy, receives the award from the Duke of Edinburgh for his work on animals' "magnetic compass."

August 29, 2011
UC Irvine News Brief: Biophysicist named Royal Institute of Navigation fellow

UCI biophysicist Thorsten Ritz has been named a fellow in Britain’s Royal Institute of Navigation for his work on animals’ “magnetic compass.” An associate professor of physics & astronomy, Ritz studies migratory birds, magnetic sensing and quantum physics. The award was presented by the Duke of Edinburgh (on right in photo) in July. The institute, a charitable society based in London, aims to promote the art and science of navigation by uniting researchers and increasing public awareness of the field.