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Lab for Astrophysics
Professor Mayo Greenberg’s laboratory was the first in its kind worldwide. The idea was to use conventional laboratory techniques to simulate the extreme conditions of space and for the first time to apply experimental techniques as a complement to observations and theory for studying the dusty universe and combining laboratory astrophysics, astrochemistry an astrobiology.

By carrying out experiments under controlled conditions he could study questions such as the composition and evolution of the icy mantles that surround interstellar dust grains. The Astrophysics Laboratory was set up as an autonomous “working group” in a joint venture between the physics and astronomy departments. Prof. Greenberg was in charge of the laboratory until his retirement in 1992 and heavily involved in the years thereafter.

Greenberg’s retirement in 1992 coincided with severe economic cutbacks within the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and a decision was made by the board of the then combined physics and astronomy department to close the laboratory. Mayo Greenberg fought tirelessly along with Ewine van Dishoeck to keep the lab open, but for several years its survival hung by a thread. In 1998, after a visit to Leiden Observatory, the distinguished American philanthropists Raymond and Beverly Sackler provided funding that assured the future of the lab. The Sacklers decided to be benefactors of the laboratory after a persuasive discussion with Mayo Greenberg.
Kinsuk Acharyya
India / 2005-2006
Zainab Awad
Egypt / 2006-2007
Ankan Das
India / 2008-2009
Eduardo Penteado
Brasil / 2009-2010
Rhada Bhuin
Only a few years later, in 2001, Prof. Greenberg passed away. In honour of his achievements and to further support his efforts to train scientists in the field of laboratory astrophysics and -chemistry, Ms. Greenberg and Leiden Observatory have made it possible - every two years in average - to master and young Phd students to stay as a GREENBERG FELLOW for 9 months in the laboratory and to work on problems related to Prof. Greenbergs interests. 

The Greenberg fellows meanwhile have been awarded since 2005 and supported sofar seven young scientists from India, Egypt, Brasil and Korea (Kim Mun Song and Kim Kyong Chol) . 

In 2018 the Greenberg selection committee has decided that the Greenberg means will be made available to support the visit of two LEAPS students each year. 
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