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Phillip James Peebles wins cosmology prize

Princeton physicist Phillip James Peebles has been named one of the first two recipients of the Cosmology Prize of the Peter Gruber Foundation.

Peebles, Albert Einstein Professor of Science Emeritus, was recognized for his work in explaining the origin and structure of the universe.

The Gruber Cosmology Prize, with an award of $150,000, is to be awarded annually to honor "fundamental scientific advances that shape the way we see and comprehend our universe." In the prize's first year, the foundation gave two awards, one to Peebles and the other to Allan Sandage of the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

In its award citation, the Gruber Foundation stated that Peebles "has made profound contributions to our knowledge of the physical processes that have shaped the structure of our universe. Over more than three decades he has, with rigor and imagination, advanced our understanding of phenomena that range from the creation of the lightest elements to the formation of galaxies and the cosmic distribution of matter and radiation."

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