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P. James E. Peebles

AKA Philip James Edwin Peebles

Born: 25-Apr-1935
Birthplace: Saint Boniface, Manitoba, Canada

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Astronomer, Physicist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Galaxy formation

Physicist P. James E. Peebles investigated galaxy formation and the nature of dark matter. His work provided the first cogent explanation of the primordial fireball in light of cosmic background radiation, demonstrated the covariance function of extragalactic objects, and showed that recombination is a very rapid process. He has also refocused attention on Albert Einstein's idea of a cosmological constant.

Wife: Alison Peebles

    High School: St. Vital High School, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (1954)
    University: BS, University of Manitoba (1958)
    University: PhD Physics, Princeton University (1962)
    Scholar: Astrophysics, Princeton University (1962-65)
    Teacher: Astrophysics, Princeton University (1965-68)
    Professor: Astrophysics, Princeton University (1968-2000)

    Crafoord Prize 2005
    Gruber Prize in Cosmology 2000
    Royal Astronomical Society Gold Medal 1998
    Bruce Medal 1995
    Eddington Medal 1981
    American Physical Society
    National Academy of Sciences
    Asteroid Namesake 18242 Peebles
    Naturalized US Citizen
    Scottish Ancestry
    Canadian Ancestry

Author of books:
Physical Cosmology (1971)
The Large-Scale Structure of the Universe (1980)
Objects of High Redshift (1980, with George O. Abell)
Quantum Mechanics (1992)
Principles of Physical Cosmology (1993)


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