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.

  • Harvard University astronomer, and Chief Program Officer for Science of The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. He leads the team responsible for distributing more than $100 million per year for the research and technology that enables fundamental scientific discoveries
  • 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