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Brian P. Schmidt

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Dates

February 24, 1967 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Schmidt, Brian P. (Brian Patrick)

Additional Forms of Names

Schmidt, Brian, 1967-

Biography

Abstract

Brian P. Schmidt was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2011 alongside Saul Perlmutter and Adam G. Riess "for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae." Schmidt's breakthrough dark energy discoveries were made with the High-Z Supernova Search Team, which he co-created and lead. He has spent the majority of his career thus-far at Australian National University, where he has worked as researcher, professor, and vice-chancellor.

Important Dates

February 24, 1967Birth, Missoula (Mont.).

1989Obtained BSc in Physics and Astronomy, University of Arizona, Tucson (Ariz.).

1992Obtained MA in Astronomy, Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.).

1993Obtained PhD in Astonomy, Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.).

1993Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge (Mass.).

1994Formed and lead the High-Z Supernova Search Team, Cambridge (Mass.).

1995Post-Doctoral fellowship, Mount Stromlo Observatory; Professor, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (2010-2016); and Vice-Chancellor (2016-), Australian National University, Canberra (A.C.T.).

1998High-Z Supernova Search Team's discovery is named Science Magazine's "Breakthrough of the Year".

1998High-Z Supernova Search Team discovers the expansion of the Universe.

2000Awarded the Bok Prize, Harvard University.

2000Awarded the Malcolm McIntosh award for achievement in the Physical Sciences by the Australian government.

2001Awarded the Pawsey Medal, Australian Academy of Sciences.

2002Awarded the Vainu Bappu Medal, Astronomical Society of India.

2005Awarded an Australian Research Council Fellowship.

2006Awarded the Shaw Prize for Astronomy.

2007Awarded the Gruber Prize for Cosmology.

2011Awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics alongside Saul Perlmutter and Adam G. Riess "for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae".

2012Fellow, Royal Society.

2013Named Companion of the Order of Australia.

2015Awarded the Breakthrough Prize in Physics.

Occupation

Astrophysicist.

Places

Birth

Missoula (Mont.)

Undergraduate Education

Tucson (Ariz.)

Graduate Education

Cambridge (Mass.)

Employment

Cambridge (Mass.)

Canberra (A.C.T.)

Subjects

Astronomy.

Astrophysics.

Expanding universe.

Supernovae.

Relationships

People

Family

Gordon, Jennifer M.

Wife.

Advisors & Collaborators

Kirshner, Robert P., 1949-

PhD advisor at Harvard University and member of the High-z Supernova Search Team.

Perlmutter, Saul

Shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics along with Adam Riess "for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae."

Riess, Adam, 1969-

Shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics along with Saul Perlmutter "for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae," and member of the High-z Supernova Search Team

Suntzeff, Nicholas B. (Nicholas Boris)

Co-creator and member of the High-z Supernova Search Team.

Colleagues

Challis, Peter

Member of the High-z Supernova Search Team.

Clocchiatti, Alejandro

Member of the High-z Supernova Search Team.

Filippenko, Alexei V.

Member of the High-z Supernova Search Team.

Garnavich, Peter M.

Member of the High-z Supernova Search Team.

Gilliland, Ronald L.

Member of the High-z Supernova Search Team.

Hogan, Craig J.

Member of the High-z Supernova Search Team.

Jha, Saurabh

Member of the High-z Supernova Search Team.

Leibundgut, B. (Bruno)

Member of the High-z Supernova Search Team.

Phillips, Mark M.

Member of the High-z Supernova Search Team.

Reiss, David

Member of the High-z Supernova Search Team.

Schommer, Robert A.

Member of the High-z Supernova Search Team.

Smith, R. Chris

Member of the High-z Supernova Search Team.

Spyromilio, Jason

Member of the High-z Supernova Search Team.

Stubbs, Christopher

Member of the High-z Supernova Search Team.

Tonry, John L.

Member of the High-z Supernova Search Team.

Institutions

Major Positions

Australian National University

Vice-Chancellor.

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Post-Doctoral Fellow.

Mount Stromlo Observatory

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Professor, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Schmidt and the High-z Supernova Search Team's discovery was named Breakthrough of the Year by Science Magazine (1998).

Astronomical Society of India

Awarded the Vainu Bappu Medal (2002).

Australian Academy of Science

Awarded the Pawsey Medal (2001).

Australian Research Council

Fellow.

Harvard University. Department of Astronomy

Received MA (1992) and PhD in Astonomy (1993). Awarded the Bok Prize (2000).

High-Z Supernova Search Team

Co-creator and Leader.

Royal Society (Great Britain)

Fellow.

The Gruber Foundation

Awarded the Gruber Prize for Cosmology (2007).

The Shaw Prize Foundation

Awarded the Shaw Prize for Astronomy (2006).

University of Arizona. Department of Physics

Received BSc in Physics and Astronomy (1989).

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Oral history interview with Brian Schmidt, 2007 July 24 and 25.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Papers appearing in The Astronomical Journal and The Astrophysical Journal presenting research ultimately recognized by the awarding of the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics, 2011 December 1.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Subject

American Institute of Physics Physics Today division Bertram Schwarzschild Nobel Prize files, 1954-2013.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Subject

Australian National University Brian Schmidt profile and biography.

Brian P. Schmidt personal website.

Brian Schmidt Nobel Prize biographical facts.

Gruber Prize Foundation: Brian Schmidt & the High-z Supernova Search Team.