2001 Gruber Cosmology Prize Citation

Sir Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal and Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Cambridge, is renowned for his extraordinary intuition in unraveling the complexities of the universe.

He has been a leader in the quest to understand the physical processes near black holes and is responsible for major advances in our understanding of the cosmic background radiation, quasars, gamma-ray bursts, and galaxy formation.

He has contributed to almost every area of cosmology and astrophysics and has been an inspiring leader, eloquent spokesperson, and patient guide for astronomers all over the world. Through his public speaking and writing he has made the Universe a more familiar place for everyone.