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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.

The Gruber Foundation presents the 2024 Cosmology Prize to Marcia Rieke for pioneering work on astronomical instrumentation to reveal the breadth and details of the infrared universe.

Marcia Rieke Headshot

The Gruber Foundation presents the 2023 Cosmology Prize to Richard S. Ellis for contributions in the fields of galaxy evolution, the onset of cosmic dawn and reionization in the high redshift universe, and the detection of the earliest galaxies via the Hubble Ultra Deep Field study.