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Physicist David Wilkinson wins James Craig Watson Medal

The National Academy of Sciences has awarded Princeton physicist David T. Wilkinson its James Craig Watson Medal in recognition of his major contributions to the field of astronomy.

Wilkinson, the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics, has been a central figure in measuring "cosmic background radiation," a faint after-glow of energy from the first moments after the Big Bang. Measuring and analyzing this radiation has become an important pursuit in astronomy and is expected to answer fundamental questions about the history and fate of the universe.

In its award citation, the National Academy recognized Wilkinson not only for his direct contributions, but also for his mentoring of generations of students who have made significant advances in the same area.

The James Craig Watson Medal is awarded once every three years and has been given since 1887. It includes a cash prize of $25,000. The award will be presented April 30 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., during the Academy's 138th annual meeting.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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