Bio - Professor Brian Schmidt

Professor Brian P. Schmidt is a Distinguished Professor, Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and astrophysicist at the Australian National University Mount Stromlo Observatory. Schmidt, along with Riess and Perlmutter, was jointly awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery of the accelerating Universe. Schmidt is currently leading the SkyMapper telescope Project and the associated Southern Sky Survey.

Awards and Achievements

  • 2011 - Shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics with Adam Riess and Saul Perlmutter
  • 2007 - Gruber Cosmology Prize
  • 2006 - Shared the Shaw Prize in Astronomy with Adam Riess and Saul Perlmutter
  • 2005 - Marc Aaronson Memorial Lecturer
  • 2002 - Vainu Bappu Medal of the Astronomical Society of India
  • 2001 - The Australian Academy of Science's Pawsey Medal
  • 2000 - Australian Government's Malcolm McIntosh Prize
  • 2000 - Harvard University's Bok Prize
  • 1998 - The discovery of the accelerating universe was named 'Breakthrough of the Year' by Science Magazine

Background

  • 1993–1994 - Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • 1995 - Australian National University Mount Stromlo Observatory
  • 1998 - Worked in High-z Supernova Search Team which first reported evidence that the Universe's expansion rate is now accelerating through monitoring of Type 1a Supernova. This study led to the acceptance of the accelerating universe theory and initiated new research to understand the nature of the universe, such as the existence of dark matter.