Professor Brian Schmidt

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Professor Brian Schmidt


Professor Brian Schmidt was born on the 24/02/1967 in Missoula, Montana, USA Montana. He completed high school in Alaska. In 1989 Schmidt received undergraduate degrees in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Arizona. In 1992 and 1993 he completed Astronomy Master's degree and PhD from Harvard University.

In 1993-1994, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. In 1995 he joined the Australian National University Mount Stromlo Observatory.

In 1998 Schmidt worked in High-z Supernova Search Team which first reported evidence that the Universe’s expansion rate is accelerating through monitoring Type 1a Supernova. This would lead to the acceptance of the accelerating universe theory (named ‘Breakthrough of the Year’ by Science Magazine) and initiate research to understand the nature of the universe, such as the existence of dark matter.

In 2000, Harvard University’s Bok Prize; Australian Government’s Malcolm McIntosh Prize. In 2001 The Australian Academy of Science’s Pawsey Medal.

In 2002 he won the Vainu Bappu medal of the Astronomical Society of India. In 2006 he shared the Shaw Prize in Astronomy with Adam Reiss and Saul Perlmutter.In 2007 we won the Gruber Cosmology Prize.

In 2011 he shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics with Adam Reiss and Saul Perlmutter.

In 2012 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society. In 2013 USA Excellence in Innovation Award 2013; Companion in the Order of Australia.

Brian Schmidt is currently an astronomer at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Australian National University, formerly known as Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories.


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