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Professor Rob Kennicutt receives 2009 Gruber prize for cosmology

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2009 08:45
Published on Thursday, 04 June 2009 00:00
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Professor Rob Kennicutt, director of the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, is to share the $500000 Gruber prize for cosmology.

Professor Kennicutt will receive the prize with Professor Wendy Freeman, director of the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington in California and Professor Jeremy Mould of the University of Melbourne School of Physics.

The scientists were recognised for their outstanding work in constraining the value of the Hubble constant, which is a key measure of the rate of expansion of the Universe. Professor Kennicutt and the others will receive their award at the 2009 General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union which takes place in Rio de Janeiro this August.