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4 Astronomers Share $500,000 Gruber Prize for Work on How Universe Grew

Four astronomers whose theoretical work and numerical simulations have helped explain the growth of the universe today won the 2011 Gruber Cosmology Prize, a $500,000 award presented by the Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation. The four scientists, known in the field as “the Gang of Four” for their collaboration, are Marc Davis, of the University of California at Berkeley; George Efstathiou, of the Kavli Institute for Cosmology, in Cambridge, England; Carlos Frenk, of the Institute for Computational Cosmology at the University of Durham, in England; and Simon White, of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, in Garching, Germany. The four will share the award and will each receive a gold medal at a ceremony this fall.

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