“Cosmology is the most scientifically rigorous, aesthetically elegant, and the most poetic of the sciences.”

Peter Gruber, Chairman Emeritus and Co-Founder
The Gruber Foundation

The Cosmology Prize honors a leading cosmologist, astronomer, astrophysicist or scientific philosopher for theoretical, analytical, conceptual or observational discoveries leading to fundamental advances in our understanding of the universe.

Since 2001, the Cosmology Prize has been cosponsored by the International Astronomical Union.

The Cosmology Prize acknowledges and encourages further exploration in a field that shapes the way we perceive and comprehend our universe. In doing so, The Gruber Foundation seeks to extend the pioneering legacy of, among others, Plato and Aristotle; Ptolemy and Copernicus; Brahe, Kepler, and Galileo; Newton and Halley; Einstein and Hubble.

The gold medal and unrestricted $500,000 cash prize are presented annually.

Marc KamionkowskiUroš Seljak and Matias Zaldarriaga have made contributions to methods essential for studying the early universe

Lars Hernquist and Volker Springel’s computer simulations have revolutionized the study of the processes behind the structure of the cosmos on every scale