Big Checks for Astronomers

Prize Winners
Brian Schmidt (left) and Saul Perlmutter (right) will split half of the $500,000 2007 Gruber Cosmology Prize. Their other four dozen colleagues will split the rest.
Gruber Foundation
When more than 50 astronomers from a dozen different institutions are awarded a half million dollars for their research, we can expect to get a lot of press releases.

Yesterday afternoon our e-mailboxes filled with announcements about how Saul Perlmutter and the Supernova Cosmology Project, and Brian Schmidt and the High-Z Supernova Search Team will share the 2007 Gruber Cosmology Prize.

The winning research led to the startling 1998 discovery that the expansion of the universe isn't slowing down, but is accelerating. Why it's accelerating remains unexplained — it has been deemed a consequence of the mysterious dark energy.

The prize will be officially awarded next month in Cambridge, England.

To find out more about the individuals who won, here are the press releases we've received so far:

More to come...?

One thought on “Big Checks for Astronomers

  1. Vlado

    If expansion of the universeIf space is accelerating then expansion speed was close to 0, from beginning. So “Big Bang” should be replaced by “Little Tick”, universe is much older than we think and so on. Or do I missunderstand something?

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