Raymond & Beverly Sackler Lecture in Astrophysics
Speaker | Robert P. Kirshner
Clowes Research Professor of Science, Harvard University
Chief Program Officer for Science, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
"Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Cosmos"
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Robert Kirshner leads the science program at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, which makes over $100 million in grants for basic science each year. An astronomer, he served on the faculty at Harvard for 30 years before moving to the Moore Foundation in 2015. His work applying supernovae to trace cosmic expansion was a fundamental contribution to the discovery of cosmic acceleration in 1998. A member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, Kirshner was awarded the National Academy's 2014 Watson Medal and the 2015 Wolf Prize in Physics.