Nobel Prize in physics awarded for cosmic discoveries

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A Canadian-American scientist and two Swiss scientists won the physics prize for their work in understanding how the universe has evolved from the Big Bang and the blockbuster discovery of a planet outside our solar system. "You should enter science because you are fascinated by it", he said. We don't know what sort of kind, ' Mayor mentioned on Tuesday as he arrived in Madrid for a scientific talking engagement.

Nobel glory this year comes with a 9-million kronor ($918,000) cash award, a gold medal and a diploma.

"Jim Peebles is an extraordinary physicist, a man who has thought deeply and clearly about the structure of the universe", Christopher Eisgruber said in a written statement. "I simply liked looking at the world around us".

Mayor and Queloz announced the first discovery of a planet outside the solar system in October 1995, a success the academy said kicked off "a revolution in astronomy", with more than 4,000 exoplanets having since been found.

"He's known to be a big thinker", says Christopher O'Dea, a physics professor at the University of Manitoba, "leading people to where the big questions are".

Peebles became an associate professor three years later and full professor in 1972. My hand was shaking for a long time. I'm attempting to digest it'.

Queloz also works at the University of Cambridge in England.

"What might we learn from lines of research that are off the beaten track?"

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That can't quite be said for Peebles' theoretical work.

"Were it not for the theoretical discoveries of James Peebles, the wonderful, high-precision measurements of the [cosmic background radiation] over the last 20 years would have told us nearly nothing", academy member Mats Larsson said. Specifically, they developed the theoretical framework of the evolution of the universe, and discovered the first exoplanet. "I can't forgive him for not showing up to the scene of (his) Nobel prize".

Before unveiling 2019's Nobel prize winners in physics, the presentation by Academy member Ulf Danielsson began by giving a shout out to The Big Bang Theory series.

William G. Kaelin Jr. of Harvard Medical School and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Gregg L. Semenza of Johns Hopkins University and Peter J. Ratcliffe at the Francis Crick Institute in Britain and Oxford University - won the prize for advances in physiology or medicine.

On Friday the action moves to Norway where the Peace Prize is awarded, with bookies predicting a win for Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg on betting sites such as Ladbrokes.

The laureates, along with the other 2019 Nobel Prize winners, will receive their awards at a ceremony in Stockholm on December 10, the anniversary of the death of prize founder Alfred Nobel in 1896.

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was today (Wednesday) awarded to John Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino "for the development of lithium-ion batteries".

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