Professor Carlos Frenk will receive the 2017 Max Born Medal and Prize

17 November 2016

Professor Carlos Frenk has been awarded the 2017 Max Born Medal and Prize of the IOP and the German Physical Society, which is given for outstanding contributions to physics.

Professor Carlos Frenk will receive the 2017 Max Born Medal and Prize

Frenk, who is director of the Institute for Computational Cosmology at the University of Durham, receives the award for his work on cold dark matter, being one of the originators of the Cold Dark Matter (CDM) theory for the origin of galaxies and other cosmic structures.

His citation notes that: “Through his ground-breaking numerical simulations, Professor Frenk has played a major role in proposing and establishing the CDM model, the current standard paradigm for the formation and evolution of all cosmic structure.”

It goes on to commend his work in creating the Institute for Computational Cosmology and directing it since its foundation, “creating a world centre for supercomputer simulation of cosmic structure formation”.

Frenk is a fellow of the Royal Society and among his many awards are the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (2014) and the IOP’s Hoyle Medal and Prize (2010). His prize of €3000 and a silver medal for this award will be presented in Germany in March.

The Max Born Medal and Prize, given jointly by the IOP and the German Physical Society, is awarded by the Council of one of the two societies to one of a list of nominees submitted by the other. It is given in even-dated years to a physicist based in Germany and presented in the UK or Ireland, and in odd-dated years to a physicist based in the UK or Ireland and presented in Germany.