Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz is a Professor and the Chair of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). He is also the Niels Bohr Professor at the Niels Bohr Institute in Denmark. After studying at the University of Cambridge, he was the John Bahcall Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Since joining the UCSC faculty in 2007, Ramirez-Ruiz has won a number of national awards for his research, including a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Kavli Fellowship from the National Academy of Science and the Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard.
In 2011, he was named among 40 young "rising stars" in Silicon Valley and was elected a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, where he remains the youngest scientist ever to be elected. A theoretical astrophysicist, Professor Ramirez-Ruiz is developing the conceptual framework needed to understand the violent and capricious nature of the Universe. He has authored or co-authored about two hundred research papers, a dozen in Science and Nature. He has lectured, broadcast and written widely on science and is a highly decorated teacher and research adviser. As the director of the Lamat Institute at UCSC, Ramirez-Ruiz works vigorously to support the promotion and retention of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM.