Sofia Feltzing

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Sofia Feltzing
Born (1965-06-26) 26 June 1965 (age 56)
Alma materUppsala University (PhD)
Scientific career
ThesisTwo studies of the galactic chemical evolution (1995)
Doctoral advisorBengt Gustafsson

Johanna Sofia Nikolina Feltzing (born 26 June 1965 in Högsbo, Gothenburg, Sweden) is a Swedish astronomer and Professor of Astronomy at Lund University since 2011. She completed her PhD at Uppsala University in 1996, publishing a dissertation about the chemical evolution of the Milky Way.[1] Feltzing was the first woman to complete a PhD in astronomy at Uppsala, and the tenth in Sweden.[2] She was a postdoctoral researcher at Royal Greenwich Observatory and the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge at Cambridge University from 1996 to 1998. In 1998 she moved to Lund Observatory.

Feltzing's research primarily concerns understanding galaxy formation and evolution by studying the stars and gas of the Milky Way.[3] She has also studied dwarf spheroidal galaxies.[4] and globular star clusters

In 2013, Feltzing was awarded the prize of 20,000SEK by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for "her spectroscopic and photometric studies which have been crucial contributions to a deeper understanding of the development of the Milky Way and its surrounding galaxies."[5]

In 2015, Feltzing was elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.[6]

In 2021, an article in Nature journal reported that an investigation into victimisation by the University of Lund, using the method Faktaundersökning, found that Feltzing likely had committed acts of victimization against some other employees.[7]


  1. ^ Feltzing, Sofia. (1995). Two studies of the galactic chemical evolution (Thesis). Uppsala, Sweden: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis. ISBN 91-554-3660-9. OCLC 34382352.
  2. ^ "Program för professorsinstallation 18 mars 2011" (PDF). Lund University (in Swedish). Lund University. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Elemental abundances in the Milky Way stellar disk(s), bulge and halo". Sciencedirect. New Astronomy Review. Check |archiveurl= value (help)
  4. ^ Feltzing, Sofia (12 January 2003). "Våra trista grannar i rymden". Forskning & Framsteg (in Swedish). Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Fem forskare belönade av akademien". Kungliga Vetenskapsakademien (in Swedish). The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Archived from the original on 10 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Astronomer Sofia Feltzing new member of the Academy". Kungliga Vetenskapsakademien. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Astronomers victimized colleagues — and put historic Swedish department in turmoil". Nature. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
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