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The Peter Gruber Cosmology Prize 2005

The 2005 Cosmology Prize of The Peter Gruber Foundation is presented to James Gunn, Eugene Higgins Professor of Astronomy at Princeton University Observatory, for his central contributions to the theoretical, observational and instrumental development of modern cosmology. From his pioneering early work on the intergalactic medium and on gravitational lensing, through his use of new technology to study distant objects with the world’s largest telescopes, to his design of the instruments used to carry out definitive cosmological surveys both from the ground and from space, he has set the highest standards for the field and provided the ideas and the data to inspire new generations of cosmologists.
James Gunn

Professor Gunn has played a central role in several observational projects. He was Deputy Principal Investigator for the design and construction of the Wide Field/Planetary Camera (WF/PC) on the Hubble Space Telescope. In addition to its many scientific contributions, WF/PC captured the incredibly beautiful images that cemented respect for the Hubble Telescope in the minds of the public and the astronomy community. He also conceived of, and was the primary force behind, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), the most extensive project ever for three-dimensional mapping of the universe, and he designed and built the innovative and unique camera that allowed the project to go forward. The SDSS has discovered an astonishing variety of astronomical objects ranging from nearby brown dwarfs to the most distant quasars. Gunn’s career has continually broken new ground and offered unprecedented opportunities to other cosmologists.

Professor Gunn, 66, was born in Livingstone, Texas, and received a B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from Rice University and a Ph.D. in Astronomy and Physics from California Institute of Technology.

The Cosmology Prize is awarded annually by the Peter Gruber Foundation following advice from a Board nominated by the International Astronomical Union and other scientific unions. The Prize includes a cash sum of US$ 200,000, and this year's award will be presented on November 4, 2005 at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, where Nicholas Copernicus completed his early education.

 

More information about the Cosmology Prize can be found here .

 

 

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