Astrophysicist Charles Bennett receives Jansky Prize

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Award recognizes contributions in the advancement of radio astronomy

charles_bennett2Johns Hopkins University astrophysicist Charles L. Bennett has been selected to receive the 2013 Jansky Prize for his leadership in the establishment of precision cosmology through studies of the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation.

Bennett, the Alumni Centennial Professor of Physics and Astronomy, is the first Johns Hopkins faculty member to receive the honor. The Karl G. Jansky Lectureship was established in 1966 to recognize outstanding contributions in the advancement of radio astronomy. The National Radio Astronomy Observatory, an affiliate of the National Science Foundation, sponsors the prestigious award. Previous Jansky Lecturers have been some of the most renowned astrophysicists in the history of the field and include numerous Nobel Prize winners, including Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, William Fowler, Joseph Taylor, and Arno Penzias.

“I am delighted to receive this honor,” Bennett said. “To be recognized in this manner by my contemporaries in this field, people I respect and admire, is deeply humbling. It is a great pleasure to have the opportunity to address my colleagues at NRAO and the public in a series of lectures on what the universe continues to reveal to us.”

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