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4TH EDITION BBVA FOUNDATION AWARDS

Nobel Prize in Physics for Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz, winners in 2012 of the Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Basic Sciences

Astrophysicists Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz, winners of the Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Basic Sciences in 2012, have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, jointly with Canadian scientist James Peebles, “for contributions to our understanding of the evolution of the universe and Earth’s place in the cosmos.” Mayor and Queloz, both from the University of Geneva, share half of the prize “for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star,” while James Peebles takes the other half “for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology.” In 2015, Peebles took part in the BBVA Foundation’s Astrophysics Lecture Series, “Science of the Cosmos, Science in the Cosmos,” with a talk titled “The Discovery that the Universe is Expanding,” at which explained the insights that have now won him the Nobel. In the same Lecture Series, Didier Queloz also delivered a talk in 2013 titled “Exoplanets, the Quest for New Worlds in the Cosmos”.