2000 – Jim Peebles
Prof. Peebles is a theoretical cosmologist who has played a central role in the understanding of the evolution and structure of the universe.
Among many other contributions, he co-founded the concept of an energy field that has since been dubbed quintessence. Among many prizes and six honorary degrees, he received the Eddington Medal and Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, the Heineman Prize and Henry Norris Russell Lectureship of the American Astronomical Society, the Bruce Medal of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and the Lemaitre Award of the University Catholique de Louvain. Prof Peebles was been named one of the first two recipients of the Cosmology Prize of the Peter Gruber Foundation in 2000.
Prof. Peebles gave both a public lecture, entitled “The Discovery of the Expanding Universe”, and a technical talk entitled “How I Learned to Love the CDM Model and Still Avoid Settling Bets on the Cosmological Tests” when he visited CITA in October of 2000.