The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that Adam Riess, an astronomy and physics professor at the university, won the prize with fellow American Saul Perlmutter and U.S.-Australian citizen Brian Schmidt. Perlmutter heads the Supernova Cosmology Project at the University of California, Berkeley. Schmidt is the head of the High-z Supernova Search Team at the Australian National University in Weston Creek, Australia
Working in two separate research teams during the 1990s _ Perlmutter in one and Schmidt and Riess in the other _ the scientists raced to map the universe’s expansion by using telescopes to study and analyze a particular type of supernovas, or exploding stars. They were surprised to find that far-away galaxies were racing away from each other at an ever-increasing speed.
Riess, 41, said he got a phone call around 5:30 a.m. Several Swedish men were on the line, at which point “I knew it wasn’t Ikea,” the Swedish furniture retailer. Click here to read more.
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