Cosmology

“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.

Nicholas Kaiser and Joseph Silk revolutionized cosmology with contributions to two of its vital components: dark matter and relic radiation from the Big Bang

By observing the relic radiation from the early universe, the Planck team measured the universe’s contents and the geometry and test inflation (the preferred paradigm for the start of the big bang) with unparalleled precision.