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Simon White Astrophysicist

Simon White is best known for establishing numerical simulations as a research tool for comparing cosmological theory with astronomical observation, and his work over the last two decades has played a significant role in shaping the picture of how galaxies form.


Fellow of the Royal Society, 1997.

Foreign Associate of the USA National Academy of Sciences, 2007.

Gold Medal, Royal Astronomical Society, 2005.

European Latsis Prize, European Science Foundation, 2008.

Relevant Publications

J. Navarro, C. Frenk and S. White, "A Universal Density Profile from Hierarchical Clustering," The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 490, Issue 2, pp. 493-508, 1976.



Advisor Gravity & the Extreme Universe


Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics


PhD (Astronomy) University of Cambridge

MSc (Astronomy) University of Toronto



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BICEP2 results stir debate

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Announcement | Cosmology & Gravity

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CIFAR members win prestigious prize in Cosmology

CIFAR is pleased to announce that three of the four winners of this year's Gruber Cosmology Prize are part of the Institute's Cosmology and Gravity program. The CIFAR winners are George Efstathiou, Carlos Frenk, and Simon White.