PASADENA - Andrew Lange, Caltech's Marvin L. Goldberger Professor of Physics and chair of the Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy, has been awarded the 2009 Dan David Prize along with Paolo De Bernardis of the University La Sapienza in Rome and Paul Richards of the University of California, Berkeley.
The Dan David Prize is a joint international enterprise, endowed by the Dan David Foundation and headquartered at Tel Aviv University in Israel.
The prize is awarded annually for achievements having an outstanding scientific, technological, cultural, or social impact on our world. Each year fields are chosen within three time dimensions: Past, Present and Future. Lange, De Bernardis and Richards are sharing the $1 million prize in the Past dimension for Astrophysics-History of the Universe.
Lange and De Bernardis have been recognized for leading the Boomerang experiment, which provided the first undisputed evidence of the universe's flat geometry.
Richards' MAXIMA experiment confirmed the result soon after.
The experiments made the first resolved images of the cosmic microwave background radiation.
The other 2009 Dan David laureates are former British prime minister Tony Blair for Present Leadership, and Robert Gallo, director of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
- Staff reports