Peebles, Mayor and Queloz win 2019 Nobel Prize for physics
Peebles, Mayor and Queloz win 2019 Nobel Prize for physics
09 October, 2019, 18:28
"This was a revelation that forever changed our view of the Earth's place in the universe".
Swedish Public Service Television asked, "Less than 5% is actually matter that we can detect, what is your take on the other 95% - what is dark matter and dark energy?" He won the award "for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology".
Peebles' theoretical calculations have allowed cosmologists to interpret the cosmic microwave background (CMB), leftover radiation from the aftermath of the Universe's birth 13.8 billion years ago.Discovered by accident more than 50 years ago, the CMB represents a goldmine for cosmologists, containing secrets to the Universe's origins, age, and composition.
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He also told news conferences Tuesday that while awards are "very much appreciated", that's not why young people should study science. Then after a pause, he changed that to "Some of it will go to charity". There will be something we may be willing to call life.
We now know there are many different kinds of planetary existence. "I owe a lot to the University of Manitoba and a chunk will go to it", he added.
It said that Mayor and Queloz announced the first discovery of a planet outside our own solar system, a so-called "exoplanet", starting a revolution in astronomy.
With numerous ongoing searches for more exoplanets, this science might eventually also "find an answer to the eternal question of whether other life is out there", it said. "I loved building things, [but] I was never very good at it", he said. Didier Queloz, born in 1966, is Professor at University of Geneva, Switzerland and University of Cambridge, UK. He thought it was joke at first.
"I could barely breathe", Queloz told The Associated Press. "It's enormous. It's beyond usual emotions". I'm attempting to digest it'.
Geoff Marcy, who headed one of the teams that rivaled Mayor and Queloz, praised their work. I think there were about fifty of us and we were seen as weirdos.
It was the first confirmation of an exoplanet - a planet that orbits a star other than our Sun.
"My advice is not to aim for prizes and awards", he said.
"I was not working alone", Peebles said by telephone during a news conference in Stockholm. His research will serve as the basis of future discoveries in dark matter and dark energy, and their impact on the universe.
Dube said many people don't realize how far-reaching some of Peebles' ideas and theories have been in the scientific community, and how significant they've been in helping form our understanding of the universe. He talked about answering the phone before sunrise and thinking that "it's either something very wonderful or it's something terrible".
According to a press release from the Nobel Foundation, the Swiss scientists used custom-made instruments to make their findings, which may pave the way for the discovery of extraterrestrial life.
Akira Yoshino was confident the discoveries he worked on would win the Nobel Prize, but he didn't expect it to happen quite so soon. A reference to the show's theme song.
With the glory comes a 9-million kronor ($918,000) cash award to be shared, a gold medal and a diploma.
On Friday the action moves to Norway where the Peace Prize is awarded, with bookies backing Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg. The scandal prompted academy head Sara Danius and others to step down, and Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf said in a statement the prize announcement would be postponed so the academy could "focus on restoring its reputation".
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