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UCL Professor shares Breakthrough Prize for early universe mapping

Leading UCL cosmologist Professor Hiranya Peiris (UCL Physics & Astronomy) has shared this year’s $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for creating detailed maps of the early Universe. Hiranya Peiris worked as a PhD student on the NASA satellite known as Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), which helped shape our understanding of the origin, evolution and nature of the cosmos.

Making sense of the Universe through art and physics

This month a painting by interdisciplinary artist Penelope Rose Cowley and commissioned by the UCL Cosmoparticle Initiative was hung in the new Cosmoparticle Hub. Titled Cosmoparticle, the artwork measures two metres wide and nearly two metres high. It may at first appear to be highly abstract, but captures a nuanced view of the interconnection between cosmology and particle physics that the Initiative aims to foster. Cowley created the artwork though extensive consultation with Professor Hiranya Peiris and Dr Andrew Pontzen of the Astrophysics Group and Dr Chamkaur Ghag of the High Energy Physics Group, studying their research in great detail over many months of planning.