Nobel prize in physics awarded to cosmology and exoplanet researchers

James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz honoured for for ‘improving our understanding of evolution of universe and Earth’s place in the cosmos’

Three scientists have been awarded the 2019 Nobel prize in physics for groundbreaking discoveries of the evolution of the Universe.

The Canadian scientist James Peebles has been awarded half of the 9m Swedish kronor (£740,000) prize announced by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm on Tuesday for his theoretical discoveries about the evolution of the universe. A Swiss duo of astronomers, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz, will share the other half of the prize for their discovery of the first planet beyond our solar system.

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