From the Big Bang to the exoplanets: the Nobel of physics went to two Swiss and a Canado-American
The Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday highlighted three cosmologists, the Canadian-American James Peebles, who put his steps in those of Einstein to illuminate the origins of the universe, and the Swiss Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz who, first, revealed the existence of a planet outside the solar system.
The prize goes half to James Peebles for his “theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology” and the other half jointly with Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz for their “discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star”, announced Göran Hansson, Secretary General of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
The three researchers, astrophysicists and astronomers, contributed to “a new understanding of the structure and history of the universe”. “Their work has forever changed our conceptions of the world,” the academy added.