Manitoba-born James Peebles, 2 others awarded 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences today announced that the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics is being awarded with one half to Winnipeg-born James Peebles, Princeton Univ. (US), “for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology” and the other half jointly to Michel Mayor, Univ. of Geneva (Switzerland) and Didier Queloz, Univ. of Geneva (Switzerland) and Univ. of Cambridge (UK) “for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star.”

Dr. Peebles was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1935, and completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Manitoba. He earned a PhD from Princeton University in New Jersey in 1962. He remained at Princeton for his whole career. He is currently the Albert Einstein Professor of Science at Princeton.

CAP members who attended the 2004 Congress had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Peebles give our Herzberg Public Lecture on “A Cosmic Picture Show: Images from Astronomy.”

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