Hunter of the Runaway Universe Alex Filippenko

Alex FilippenkoAlex Filippenko – Alex is the Richard & Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Physical Sciences at UC Berkeley. An elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, he is one of the world’s most highly cited astronomers and has received numerous prizes for his research. His primary areas of research are supernovae (exploding stars), active galaxies, black holes, gamma-ray bursts, and cosmology. He was a member of both teams that used observations of supernovae to discover the accelerating expansion of the universe, which was honored with the
2011 Nobel Prize in Physics to the team leaders. Winner of the top teaching awards at UC Berkeley and voted the “Best Professor” on campus a record 9 times, he was selected as the National Professor of the Year in 2006. He has produced five astronomy video courses with “The Great Courses,” wrote an award-winning college textbook, and appears in numerous TV documentaries, including about 40 episodes in “The Universe” series on The History Channel.

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