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David Spergel Theoretical Astrophysicist

David Spergel’s research 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 US 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, 2013.

Gruber Prize (as part of WMAP team), 2012.

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

Sloan Research Fellowship, 1988.

Relevant Publications

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



Associate Fellow Gravity & the Extreme Universe


Princeton UniversityDepartment of Astrophysical Sciences


United States

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