The Bruce Medalists


  Photo courtesy Prof. Rees 
Martin John Rees
23 June 1942 1993 Bruce Medalist

Martin Rees earned his degrees in mathematics and astronomy at the University of Cambridge, where he is currently emeritus professor of cosmology and astrophysics. He served as Master of Trinity College from 2004 to 2012. Director of the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge for ten years, he has also been a professor at Sussex University and a Royal Society research professor. He has been Britain’s Astronomer Royal since 1995. He has modeled quasars and has made important contributions to the theories of galaxy formation, galaxy clustering, and the origin of the cosmic background radiation. His early study of the distribution of quasars helped discredit the steady state cosmological theory. He was one of the first to propose that enormous black holes power the quasars. He has investigated the anthropic principle, the idea that we find the universe the way it is because if it were much different we would not be here to examine it, and the question of whether ours is one of a multitude of “universes.” He has written many books, most of them nontechnical. In recent years he has spoken and written on public issues related to science and human survival.

Personal Web Page
At the University of Cambridge

Presentation of Bruce medal
Mercury 22, 4, 122 (1993).

Other awards
American Astronomical Society, Henry Norris Russell Lectureship, 2004.
American Astronomical Society, High-Energy Astrophysics Division, Rossi Prize, 2000.
American Institute of Physics & American Astronomical Society, Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics, 1984.
Astronomische Gesellschaft, Karl Schwarzschild Medal, 1989.
Peter Gruber Foundation, Gruber Cosmology Prize, 2001.
Indian National Science Academy, Vainu Bappu Memorial Award, 1986.
International Balzan Foundation, Balzan Prize, 1989.
Franklin Institute, Bower Award, 2009.
National Science Foundation, National Medal of Science, 2012 (UCSC Press Release).
National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Jansky Prize, 1981.
Royal Astronomical Society, Gold medal, 1987, presented by R.D. Davies, QJRAS 28, 185 (1987).
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Crafoord Prize, 2005
Royal Society, Michael Faraday Prize, 2004.
UNESCO, Niels Bohr Medal, 2005
World Cultural Council, Albert Einstein World Award of Science, 2003.

Some offices held
British Association for the Advancement of Science, President, 1995-96.
Royal Astronomical Society, President, 1992-94.
Royal Society, President, 2005–10.
United Kingdom, Astronomer Royal, 1995–

Biographical materials
BBC News, Sir Martin Rees: Prophet of doom?
Brockman, John, Edge Foundation, Inc.
Greenwich 2000
Rees, Martin, interview with Alan Lightman, in Lightman, Alan & Roberta Brawer, Origins: The Lives and Worlds of Modern Cosmologists (Harvard Univ. Press, Cambridge, MA, 1990), pp. 154-69.
s Straus, Michael A. & Michael S. Vogeley, Citation and biographical statement on award of the Gruber prize.

Cambridge University
AIP Center for History of Physics (3 photos)
Max Tegmark's photo album

Named after him
Minor Planet #4587 Rees

More references

The Bruce Medalists

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