Thursday, June 2, 2011

Astronomer shares $500,000 prize for dark matter work

A UC BERKELEY ASTRONOMER will split a $500,000 prize with three other astronomers for research that eliminated doubt over the existence of "dark matter," a foundation announced Wednesday. Most of the research that won the 2010 Cosmology Prize of the Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation was conducted at UC Berkeley, in the lab of Marc Davis, professor and astronomy and physics and guest in Berkeley Lab's Physics Division. The astronomers' findings "galvanized support for 'cold dark matter' as the dominant form of matter in the universe," the foundation said in a statement. More>