Laureates 2009

Past Astrophysics-History of the Universe

Paolo de Bernardis

Paolo de Bernardis

Paolo de Bernardis is Professor of Physics at the University La Sapienza in Rome, Italy. His fields of expertise are Experimental Astrophysics and Cosmology,

  in particular the study of cosmic microwave background. He was a member of the second, fourteenth and eighteenth dispatch of the National Program for Research in Antarctica and in the OASIS and the BOOMERANG programs.

Prof. de Bernardis was the Principal Investigator of the Italian

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Andrew E. Lange (July 1957 – January 2010)

Andrew E. Lange (July 1957 – January 2010)

Andrew E. Lange, Goldberger Professor of Physics at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California. Prof. Lange was known for the discovery of the large-scale spatial geometry of the universe being spatially flat, of its total mass-energy density having a "critical" value and for major byproducts of this discovery.

He confirmed the existence of a negative-pressure dark energy pervading the universe; provided evidence for an inflationary

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Paul Richards

Paul Richards


Paul Richards is Professor of the Graduate School, University of California at Berkeley. Prof. Richards is known for the discovery of

 the large-scale spatial geometry of the universe being spatially flat, and confirmation of the existence of a negative-pressure dark energy pervading the universe (as first suggested by supernova observations). Prof. Richards provided evidence for an inflationary epoch at the beginning of the universe, and measurements of

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