Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded For "New Understanding Of Universe"

James Marshall
October 11, 2019

His work on the theoretical framework of the universe, which he has been developing since the 1960s, has laid the foundation for the field of cosmology.

"The field has exploded", Peebles said.

"I hope that Sheldon and Amy are not too disappointed today", he said.

"When the observations started catching up with the theory, I was at regular intervals startled at the great power in the advances in technology to test these ideas".

"You should enter it for the love of the science", he said.

And when you've grappled with that for a bit, you may begin fascinated by the equally vital conundrum of how the universe got here into being. "That's what I did". ReutersPeebles is a Canadian-American physicist and the Albert Einstein professor of science at Princeton University in the US.

Peebles laughed repeatedly when he spoke by telephone with The Associated Press. He transferred to emeritus status in 2000.

Peebles has honourary doctorates from a string of Canadian universities, including the University of Toronto, McMaster University and most recently the University of British Columbia.

The president of Princeton said his one-time professor exemplifies the university's ethos.

Colleagues describe him / her as an intensive thinker and a warm person, who goes into his office "Here in Winnipeg and Manitoba, we certainly do claim him", says Andrew Frey, an associate professor of physics at the University of Winnipeg.

Among students and faculty at the University of Manitoba, more than a hundred people gathered in a student lounge on Tuesday to watch a live-streamed celebration from Princeton.

Peebles is the author or co-author of five books, including "Physical Cosmology" and "Finding the Big Bang".

Mayor and Queloz announced the first discovery of a planet outside the solar system in October 1995, a success the academy said kicked off "a revolution in astronomy", with more than 4,000 exoplanets having since been found.

Half of the 9 million Swedish krona ($910,000) prize will be given to Peebles, while Mayor and Queloz will split the rest. The laureates receive them at an elegant ceremony on December 10 - the anniversary of Nobel's death in 1896 - in Stockholm and in Oslo, Norway.

Peebles is the second Canadian in a row to win the physics prize. The University of Waterloo's Donna Strickland was honoured last in 2018.

Prize founder Alfred Nobel - a Swedish industrialist and the inventor of dynamite - decided the physics, chemistry, medicine and literature prizes should be awarded in Stockholm, and the peace prize in Oslo.

This was the 113th Nobel Prize in Physics awarded since 1901, of which 47 awards have been given to a single laureate.

The revamped panel at the Swedish Academy who will hand out the Nobel literature prizes Thursday Oct. 10, 2019, for both 2018 and 2019 would relish arguments about the winners, rather than intrigue about the #MeToo scandal that forced the institution to suspend the prize previous year.

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