Kendrick Smith



  • Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe


  • Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Daniel Family P. James E. Peebles Chair in Theoretical Physics


  • Canada


PhD (Mathematics) University of Michigan
PhD (Physics) University of Chicago


Kendrick Smith is a cosmologist whose work combines theoretical physics, data analysis, and software engineering.

Currently, he is focusing on three main research topics.  First, new algorithms for next-generation radio telescopes such as Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME); second, data analysis for the upcoming Simons Observatory CMB experiment; and third, new applications of neural networks to cosmology.


Giuseppe and Vanna Cocconi Prize (with Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe and the Planck Science Teams,) 2019

Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics (with WMAP Science Team,) 2018

Gruber Cosmology Prize (with WMAP Science Team,) 2012

Relevant Publications

K. Smith, O. Zahn, O. Dore, “Detection of Gravitational Lensing in the Microwave Background”, PRD 76:043510 (2007), arxiv:0705.3980

G. Hinshaw et al [WMAP Collaboration], “Nine-Year WMAP Observations: Cosmological Parameter Results”, ApJS 208, 19 (2013), arxiv:1212.5226.

M. Amiri et al [CHIMEFRB Collaboration], “Observations of Fast Radio Bursts at Frequencies down to 400 MHz”, Nature 566, 230 (2019), arxiv:1901.04524.

Y. Akrami et al [Planck Collaboration], “Planck 2018 results. IX. Constraints on Primordial non-Gaussianity”, arxiv:1905.05697.

M. Munchmeyer and K. Smith, “Fast Wiener filtering of CMB maps with Neural Networks”, arxiv:1905.05846.