"Artist impression of the exoplanet 51 Pegasi b" by ESO/M. Kornmesser/Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org) / CC BY 4.0

3 Scientists Win Nobel Prize In Physics For Work On Earth’s Place In The Universe

Oct 8, 2019

By Scott Neuman

A Canadian and two Swiss scientists have won the Nobel Prize in physics for contributions to our understanding of the evolution of the universe and Earth’s position in the cosmos.

James Peebles of Princeton received half of the prize, with Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz sharing the other half, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm announced on Tuesday.

“While James Peebles’ theoretical discoveries contributed to our understanding of how the universe evolved after the Big Bang, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz explored our cosmic neighborhoods on the hunt for unknown planets. Their discoveries have forever changed our conceptions of the world,” the secretary-general of the academy, Goran Hansson, said.

“This year’s laureates have contributed to answering fundamental questions about our existence,” he said. “The discoveries have forever changed our conceptions of the world.”

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