NASA scientist Dr Hannah Rana from Luxembourg named in Forbes “30 Under 30”

Dr Hannah Rana has been named by Forbes on the 2022 Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list in the Science and Healthcare category. This year, the lists received tens of thousands of nominations and were carefully reviewed by an international judging panel of experts. Hannah, a space cryogenics researcher, has been selected amongst the final 30 to be awarded in the Science and Healthcare category.

The Forbes 30 Under 30 are annual lists that highlight the most exceptional pioneers across a range of categories, from science to arts to business, under the age of 30.

Hailing from Luxembourg, Hannah has always been passionate about science and making an impact in the space industry. She completed her PhD at the University of Oxford in space cryogenics and now works as a researcher at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, developing cryogenic instrumentation for the next generation of space detectors.

In her research, she builds on experience and knowledge gained during her time at Oxford, the European Space Agency, and CERN. Hannah previously attended the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in Physics in 2019, which was sponsored by the FNR.

On being recognised by Forbes, Hannah says “It’s an absolute honour to be recognised amongst such talented and exceptional young individuals. It serves as motivation for me to keep pushing the boundaries in my research and to continue to encourage and support my peers in the scientific community.”

“Encountering some of the most brilliant minds on the planet”: Interview with Hannah Rana

For each Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, the FNR runs a Call for promising young researchers with a connection to Luxembourg to attend. For the 2019 Lindau Meeting, dedicated to physics, Hannah Rana, PhD candidate in Space Cryogenics at Oxford University had this rare opportunity. Hannah shares her highlights – from speaking to all 39 Nobel Laureates in attendance, including Donna Strickland; realising the importance of science communication; feeling inspired, and much more.

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