Professor Brian Schmidt FRS
Brian Schmidt is a Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist whose research has yielded fundamental insights into the evolution of our Universe. He is best known for forming and leading the High-Z Supernova Search Team, which helped reveal the accelerating expansion of our Universe.
Brian’s dedicated observations of supernovae, or exploding stars, in distant galaxies provided the first indication that the Universe’s gradual expansion was in fact speeding up. The result proved to be a crucial breakthrough in our understanding of the cosmos, and has lent weight to the hypothesised existence of so-called ‘dark energy’ — the cause of this effect.
Widely recognised for his contributions to science, Brian has won both the 2006 Shaw Prize in Astronomy, the 2007 Gruber Prize in Cosmology, the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, and the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. He was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2013.
Distinguished Professor, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Australian National University
Interest and expertise
Astronomy, Physical cosmology, Supernovae, Gamma-ray bursts, Observational astronomy, Extrasolar planets, Stellar physics, Spectrophotometry