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Peebles wins major new astronomy prize

P. James Peebles , the Albert Einstein Professor of Science Emeritus, has won the 2004 Shaw Prize in Astronomy, a major new prize administered by the Shaw Foundation of Hong Kong.

The prize, which was given for the first time this year and carries a cash award of $1 million, was awarded to Peebles "for his having laid the foundations for almost all modern investigations in cosmology, both theoretical and observational, transforming a highly speculative field into a precision science."

Peebles came to Princeton as a graduate student and received his Ph.D. in 1962. He spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow before joining the physics department faculty. Peebles played a central role in establishing the current understanding of the evolution and structure of the universe. His 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.

The Shaw Prize was established by Run Run Shaw, a native of China, who founded a film production company and later ran a television broadcast company in Hong Kong.

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