Martin Rees wins cosmology prize
Sep 13, 2001
The astrophysicist Sir Martin Rees has won the 2001 Cosmology Prize of the Peter Gruber Foundation for his fundamental and diverse contributions to our understanding of the universe. The Gruber prize - the world's only award for cosmology - recognises Rees's studies of the cosmic microwave background, quasars, black holes and gamma ray bursts. Rees is both Astronomer Royal and Royal Society Research Professor at Cambridge University.
In 1968, together with Dennis Sciama, Rees was the first to predict that fluctuations in the microwave background were due to the uneven distribution of matter in the universe. His research into the structure and evolution of the universe has also sparked many other research efforts. Elsewhere, his work as a spokesperson, educator, writer and public speaker have raised the profile of astrophysics and brought it to a wider audience.
The prize - which consists of a gold medal and a cash award of $150 000 - will be presented on 2 November in Bern, Switzerland, where Einstein formulated his special theory of relativity.