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Peebles awarded Harvey Prize

James Peebles, the Albert Einstein Professor of Science, Emeritus, has been awarded the Harvey Prize in Science and Technology.

The prize is given by the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology , a prominent research university in Israel, to recognize breakthroughs in science and technology.

Peebles earned the award for his "seminal contributions to the understanding of the origin of our universe and for [his] leadership in defining the challenges of modern cosmology during the past 40 years," said Lawrence Jackier, president of the American Society for Technion , which helps fund the award.

Peebles is a theoretical cosmologist whose studies of the evolution of matter in the earliest moments of the universe were critical in the establishment of the Big Bang theory as a widely accepted model.

Peebles arrived at Princeton as a graduate student in 1958, received his Ph.D. in 1962 and spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow before joining the physics department faculty. He retired last year.

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