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New Horizons in Physics Prize awarded to Christopher Hirata

05 December 2017

Christopher Hirata
Christopher Hirata

SPIE Member Christopher Hirata, professor of physics and astronomy at The Ohio State University, has won a New Horizons in Physics Prize for his studies of galaxy formation and the fate of the universe. Hirata received his award at the annual Breakthrough Prize ceremony at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California on 3 December.

According to the initiative’s news release, “The Breakthrough Prize was created to celebrate the achievements of scientists, physicists, and mathematicians, whose genius help us understand our world, and whose advances shape our future,” said Breakthrough Prize co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg. There are six New Horizons Prizes awarded each year as part of the program. An annual prize of $100,000 is given to three physicists and three mathematicians recognizing achievements early in their career.

Hirata was awarded the 2018 New Horizons Prize in Fundamental Physics for fundamental contributions to understanding the physics of early galaxy formation and to sharpening and applying the most powerful tools of precision cosmology.

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