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George P. Efstathiou Physicist

George Efstathiou is particularly interested in the remnant or ‘background’ radiation created at the time of the Big Bang. His work focuses on understanding the slight differences in the temperature of this radiation. He hopes that this study of remnant radiation will eventually answer some of the most profound questions in science, explaining how and why stars and galaxies were formed, and more precisely determining the age and size of our universe.


Hughes Medal, 2015.

Gruber Cosmology Prize, 2011.

Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics, 2005.

Robinson Prize in Cosmology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1997.

Maxwell Medal, 1990.

Prize of the Institute of Physics, 1990.

Relevant Publications

J. R. Bond et al, "Massive Neutrinos and the Large-Scale Structure of the Universe," Phys. Rev. Lett., vol. 45, no. 24, pp. 1980-1983, Dec.1980..



Associate Fellow Cosmology & Gravity


University of CambridgeInstitute of Astronomy


PhD (Astronomy) Durham University

BA (Physics) Keble College, Oxford


United Kingdom

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