The Shaw Prize goes to Simon White

MPI Astro Physik – Prof .Simon White

To happier things. I was delighted to see just now that Simon White (above) has won this year’s Shaw Prize for Astronomy. The prize was awarded..

for his contributions to understanding structure formation in the Universe. With powerful numerical simulations he has shown how small density fluctuations in the early Universe develop into galaxies and other nonlinear structures, strongly supporting a cosmology with a flat geometry, and dominated by dark matter and a cosmological constant.

The citation seems a bit strange to me because Simon’s contributions to astronomy and cosmology are many and varied, but it’s in any case an extremely well-justified award. In a field filled with very many very clever people, Simon is definitely one of the cleverest!

The announcement of this awarded reminded me that I was one of the co-authors of a paper with Simon White, but looking it up I realized that was way back in 1993! Where does the time go?

Anyway, hearty congratulations to Simon! I think it’s his round…

6 Responses to “The Shaw Prize goes to Simon White”

  1. Even three years ago, you remarked on how long ago it was.

    “The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
    Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
    Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
    Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”

    ― Omar Khayyám

  2. Time to remind readers here of my clerihew about Simon. 🙂

    Simon White
    Does alright
    Working in the public sector
    As an almost-civil-servant Max-Planck Director

    How can this flash of poetic genius be almost eight years ago?

  3. “Simon’s contributions to astronomy and cosmology are many and varied”

    Indeed. He is also very prolific (about 900 papers) and highly cited (about 120,000 citations).

    There are also other astronomers named S. M. White, so that extra “D.” makes sure that all the citations are his. (Actually, I think “D. M.” stands for “dark matter”.)

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