Robert Kirshner

Part of the Nobel-Award winning research team on “cosmic expansion” — takes his audience inside the world of dark energy, exploding stars, and the accelerating universe.

  • Executive Director of the Thirty Meter International Observatory, seeking to advance scientific knowledge while fostering connection among the partner countries and their citizens, who represent over half the world’s population.
  • A member of the High-Z Supernova team that won the Nobel Prize for studying the history of cosmic expansion by using supernova explosions to measure distances in the universe
  • Clowes Professor of Science at Harvard University and past President of the American Astronomical Society
  • Author of award-winning The Extravagant Universe: Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Cosmos 
  • Winner of the prestigious Heineman Prize of the American Institute of Physics and the American Astronomical Society “for his sustained and enduring contributions to our understanding of supernovae and cosmology” and Wolf Prize for Physics winner for his role in uncovering the acceleration in the expansion of the universe.

Robert Kirshner The Extravagant Universe

The story . . . is irresistible in its own right, and is related with verve and good humor

- Sean Carroll, Nature

The definitive insider's story of how Kirshner led his motley group of astronomers to glory in their search to find the fate of the universe.

- Donald Goldsmith, Natural History

Dr. Kirshner was absolutely outstanding. I have heard so many great things from the people who attended the lecture; we are so thankful that he was willing to participate in the Global Summit IV.

- Sara L. Breese

An entertaining and witty account of one of the biggest scientific stories of the past 10 years: how exploding supernovae show that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating.

- Michael Rowan-Robinson, New Scientist