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John Peacock and Shaun Cole win the Shaw Prize

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 11:27
Published on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 09:42

Two UK astronomers and Fellows of the Royal Astronomical Society, John Peacock, Professor of Cosmology in the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh and Professor Shaun Cole of the University of Durham have won a share of the 2014 Shaw Prize in Astronomy. The prize, shared with Prof Daniel Eisenstein of Harvard University recognises their groundbreaking contribution to cosmology.

Shaw Prize MedalIn particular, the scientists used measurements of features in the large-scale structure of galaxies to constrain the cosmological model that describes the origin, evolution and fate of the universe.

Established by philanthropist Run Run Shaw and seen as the 'Nobel of the East', the Prize "honours individuals, regardless of race, nationality, gender and religious belief, who have achieved significant breakthrough in academic and scientific research or applications and whose work has resulted in a positive and profound impact on mankind."

Prof Martin Barstow, President of the Royal Astronomical Society, said "I would like to congratulate John and Shaun on the award of this very prestigious prize. It is a testament to their research leadership in the field and marks their significant contribution to astronomy in the UK and world-wide."