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A look at Canadian born Nobel physicist James Peebles

James Peebles, a Winnipeg-born cosmologist, shares this year's Nobel Prize in Physics for “theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology”

October 8, 2019   The Canadian Press

PHOTO: James Peebles/Juan Diego Soler via Wikimedia Commons

WINNIPEG – A look at James Peebles, the Canadian-born physicist who shares this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics.

Age: 84

Early years: Born in the Winnipeg neighbourhood of St. Boniface, Peebles moved to the United States to pursue a graduate degree after studying in Manitoba.

Education: BSc from the University of Manitoba in 1958, PhD from Princeton in 1962


Area of research: A physical cosmologist who says he’s most interested in “underappreciated issues.” His work examining cosmic microwave background radiation – a leftover from the Big Bang – has helped define the way we understand the universe and the ways galaxies are formed.

Accolades: Honourary doctorates from a string of universities around the world, including several in Canada. Peebles is also a fellow of both the Royal Society of Canada and the Order of Manitoba and won the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Family: Married to Alison Peebles in 1958. They have three children and six grandchildren.

Quote: “You should enter science because you are fascinated by it. That’s what I did.”


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