Physicist-Alum Wins Nobel Prize

by Nancy DuVergne Smith on October 7, 2011 · 0 comments

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2011 Nobel Prize winner Adam Riess

2011 Nobel Prize winner Adam Riess PhD ’92

Adam Riess ’92, whose observations of distant supernovae helped reveal that the universe is rapidly expanding, will share the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics, the Nobel Committee announced this week in Stockholm.

Learn more:

The Atlantic describes his revolutionary work.

New Scientist interview after the award.

Riess, now a professor of astronomy and physics at Johns Hopkins University and a senior  science staff member at the Space Telescope Science Institute, shares the prize with Brian Schmidt and Saul Perlmutter. Perlmutter and Schmidt each headed research teams that in 1998 presented evidence that expansion of the universe was accelerating. Riess was part of Schmidt’s international High-z Supernova Search Team.

Read the Nobel Committee’s commentary.

See the list of MIT-affiliated prize winners.

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