David Spergel



  • Associate Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe


  • Princeton University
Department of Astrophysical Sciences


  • United States


David Spergel is a theoretical astrophysicist whose interests range from the search for planets around nearby stars to the shape of the universe.

He is involved in a number of large research collaborations, including the Atacama Cosmology Telescope, the U.S. Euclid Collaboration, and the Subaru Measurement of Images and Redshifts, a two-part project consisting of the HyperSuprime Cam survey of the sky, followed by the spectroscopic study with PFS. Spergel serves as co-chair of the science definition team for the WFIRST mission, a mission that aims to understand dark energy, explore the growth of structures and galaxies, and search for extrasolar planets.


Princeton University’s Distinguished Teaching Award, 2013

"25 Most Influential People in Space," Time magazine, 2013

Gruber Prize (as part of WMAP team), 2012

"One of America's Top Scientists," Time magazine, 2001

Sloan Research Fellowship, 1988


Relevant Publications

Spergel, D.N. et al. "First-Year Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP)* Observations: Determination of Cosmological Parameters." Astrophys. J. Suppl. S. 148, no. 1 (2003).