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Jim Peebles : biography

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Phillip James Edwin Peebles (born April 25, 1935) is a Canadian-American physicist and theoretical cosmologist who is currently the Albert Einstein Professor Emeritus of Science at Princeton University.http://www.princeton.edu/physics/about-us/history/memorable-members/john-wheeler/ Princeton University Physics Departmenthttp://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/A94/84/71G20/index.xml Princeton University News Peebles was born in Winnipeg and completed his bachelor's degree at the University of Manitoba. He left Manitoba in the fall of 1958 to attend Princeton University, where he completed his doctorate.http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/full/10.1146/annurev-astro-081811-125526 Seeing Cosmology Grow


Academic career

Peebles has made many important contributions to the big bang model. With Robert Dicke and others (nearly two decades after George Gamov, Ralph A. Alpher and Robert C. Herman), he predicted the cosmic microwave background radiation. Along with making major contributions to big bang nucleosynthesis, dark matter and dark energy, he has contributed to the theory of structure formation. Long before it was considered a serious, quantitative branch of physics, Peebles was studying physical cosmology and has done much to establish its respectability.

Peebles, in 1987, proposed the primordial isocurvature baryon model for the development of the early universe.Hu (1994-06-28)



  • Eddington Medal (1981)
  • Heineman Prize (1982)
  • Henry Norris Russell Lectureship (1993)
  • Bruce Medal (1995)
  • Oskar Klein Medal (1997)
  • Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (1998)
  • Gruber Prize in Cosmology (2000), with Allan Sandage
  • Harvey Prize (2001)
  • Shaw Prize (2004)
  • Crafoord Prize with James E. Gunn and Martin Rees (2005)
  • Hitchcock Professorship (2006)

Named after him

  • Asteroid 18242 Peebles
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