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‘Nobel class’ accolade for Professor Carlos Frenk

Published: 2 October 2020

Congratulations to Professor Carlos Frenk, Chair of The Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics at Durham University, who has been recognised as being “of Nobel class” for his work on the evolution of the universe.

Professor Frenk is one of 24 Clarivate 2020 Citation Laureates announced worldwide. These are researchers whose work is deemed to be “of Nobel class”, as shown by analysis carried out by the Institute for Scientific Information.

Carlos receives the honour for his fundamental studies of galaxy formation and evolution, cosmic structure, and dark matter halos.

“This is a prestigious award for Carlos, and one that is richly deserved,” says Sir Peter Ogden, founder of the Trust. “The Ogden Trust is proud to support the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics and the world-class work of Carlos. We are delighted to see that the Centre continues to thrive as a leading centre of research in cosmology and astronomy at the heart of the Durham Faculty of Science. The Trust has a long-standing relationship with Durham, which is where I completed my undergraduate degree and PhD, both in physics.”

Carlos and Sir Peter Ogden at the official opening of the new Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics, Durham 2017
Sir Peter Ogden and Carlos. 

Influential and transformative

Clarivate’s annual Citation Laureates recognise world-class researchers across all areas of science whose work has been highly-cited by fellow scientists and whose contributions to science have been extremely influential and transformative.

So far, 54 researchers listed in Clarivate’s Hall of Citation Laureates have gone on to receive a Nobel Prize.

Cold dark matter

Carlos is one of the world’s foremost scientists behind the theory of cold dark matter – the mysterious substance thought to make up a large part of the universe – the foundation of the current view of galaxy formation, and the cosmic large-scale structure.

He also holds the Royal Astronomical Society’s highest honour, the Gold Medal for Astronomy, whose previous recipients include Albert Einstein, Charles Babbage and Edwin Hubble.

And he is one of five Durham researchers included in the Highly Cited Researchers 2019 list from Clarivate.

This listing puts Durham first in the UK, third in Europe and joint fifth in the world for the strength of our research in space science.


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