McGill physicist awarded Killam Research Fellowship


Published: 12Mar2009

Robert Brandenberger wins coveted award from Canada Council for the Arts

McGill University physicist Robert Brandenberger, who studies models of the very early universe that connect the theory of fundamental forces of nature with cosmological observations, is among nine outstanding Canadian researchers to be awarded a Killam Research Fellowship in the 42nd annual competition administered by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Killam Research Fellowships, considered among Canada’s most distinguished research awards, have a value of $70,000 a year and enable Canada’s best researchers to devote two years to full-time research. Prof. Brandenberger’s award will allow him to further his work on new approaches to superstring cosmology.

"This Killam Fellowship will give Prof. Brandenberger the opportunity to significantly advance his research in the field of theoretical cosmology – research that will have profound implications for our understanding of how the universe came to be,” said Denis Thérien, Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations). “We are so proud that Prof. Brandenberger is among an eminent list of McGill scholars whose work is changing the way we see the world."

The Killam Research Fellowships awards support scholars engaged in research projects of outstanding merit in the humanities, the social, natural and health sciences, engineering and interdisciplinary studies within these fields. The Killam Selection Committee, made up of 14 eminent scientists and scholars representing a broad range of disciplines, considered 79 applications during this year’s selection process. The Killam research Fellowships are made possible by a bequest from the late Mrs. Dorothy J. Killam.

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